[gdal-dev] Python (2.6.5) GDAL module will not install with easy_install

Ari Jolma ari.jolma at gmail.com
Thu May 6 12:43:09 EDT 2010

Allen Rongone wrote:
>     I have installed the setuptools 0.6c11 and am using easy_install
>     My gdal-config is in /usr/bin, however, when I run easy_install 
> GDAL it complains that it "Could not run gdal-config!!!" and then 
> contiues on complaining about a bunch of stuff not being declared.

This is really for Howard or some other Python guru but I took a look 
out of curiosity. I downloaded the GDAL package from pypi.python.org and 
run the setup.py from there. It also complains me about not finding 
gdal-config, which I have in the path, but it really seems to be looking 
for ../../apps/gdal-config

Also interestingly, it complains not finding swq.h, which is kind of bug 
I've reported (http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/ticket/3468).

So it seems to me that the setup.py was designed to be run in 

In fact the case is a bit similar with GDAL-Perl, which is difficult to 
run and not really designed to be run outside of gdal/swig/perl ... This 
seems a good occasion to remind myself and other developers again that 
I'd really like to have gdal.pc (see 


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