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Buster broken with 5.8-rc4 kernel

July 19, 2020 — BarryK

I recently compiled the 5.8-rc4 Linux kernel, and reported broken busybox 'ip':

The ip utility was fixed by updating busybox.

However, python was also broken. Today I went through the compile again, and have confirmed python is broken. The bluetooth applet, written in python, does not start. Attempting to compile seaMonkey gives this error:

# make -f
Could not find platform independent libraries <prefix>
Could not find platform dependent libraries <exec_prefix>
Consider setting $PYTHONHOME to <prefix>[:<exec_prefix>]
ImportError: No module named site

I messed around with that PYTHONHOME variable, nothing worked. The thing is, python works fine with the 5.4.x  and earlier kernels.

Oh well, the new features in the 5.8 kernel are interesting, but does not look like I will be using it, not with the Buster-based build anyway. 

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