How To Set Up A Python 2.7 Runtime On Your Linux System
For the purposes of claiming forks with the bitcoin_fork_claimer tool, you will need to have a Python 2.7 environment ready. If you are running some variety of Linux, the chances are that you already have this by default. This guide will help you confirm that much.
This guide will use Ubuntu 16.04 for the screenshot examples, but the steps should be quite adaptable for any Linux sytem.
Do I Have Python 2.7?
The first step is to open the terminal application. In Ubuntu 16.04, you can do so by going to the main menu in the top right corner, and typing the word
terminal into the search box:
It should launch and look something like this:
In the terminal, type the word
python, but do not press enter yet. It should look like this:
Now, press the
Tab key twice and some text should appear like this:
If no text appears, it is likley that no version of Python is installed on the system and you should proceed to the next section. The contents of the text are possible commands that are excutable in the terminal. If you see
python2.7 in the list - good news! You are done. If not, you have to install it which is covered in the next section.
To find the exact version of Python 2.7 available, you can finish typing the line in the terminal as
python2.7 --version and press
Enter. It should look something like this:
Any version of Python 2.7.x should be fine for use with the bitcoin_fork_claimer.
If I Don't Have Python 2.7, How Do I Install?
In both the Debian
apt package management system, the package to install is named
python2.7. You can install it by typing
sudo apt-get install python2.7 in the terminal and pressing
In the Red Hat
yum package management system, the package to install is named
python27. You can install it by typing
yum install -y python27 and pressing
Enter with root privileges in the terminal application.
After installing, you can validate it with the same method as in the previous section.