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How To Install Python 2.6 On CentOS 5 Without Breaking Yum

I recently was installing Django for a test project and needed to upgrade Python on a CentOS server to 2.6. The current revisions available via yum on CentOS are 2.4. The yum package manager requires Python 2.4 still to function properly so upgrading Python to 2.6 manually will break the CentOS yum package manager. After a little bit of research I found a yum repository that would allow you to install Python version 2.6 in parallel to Python version 2.4. Below I explain how to install the new Python version, not break the yum package manager, and modify a Django project that references Python to use the 2.6 version instead of the 2.4 version.