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How to Install Google Data API on the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet

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Created: felipepontes (19 Feb 2009)
Last edited: lpvalente (13 Apr 2013)


Installing the Python library of Google Data API [1] using distutils package [2] is a straightforward proccess on a PC. However, the Python installation on N800 maemo is different than on PC. This raises an error when you try install the API on N800 using distutils:

distutils.errors.DistutilsPlatformError: invalid Python installation: unable to open /usr/lib/python2.5/config/Makefile (No such file or directory)

To solve this problem connect as superuser via ssh into N800 and execute the following commands:

apt-get install python2.5 python2.5-dev python2.5-xml

mkdir /usr/lib/python2.5/config/

echo "" > /usr/lib/python2.5/config/Makefile

mkdir /usr/include/python2.5

echo "" > /usr/include/python2.5/pyconfig.h

tar xvzf


./ install



Ran 16 tests in 0.922s


Running all tests in module gdata_tests.blogger_test



Ran 6 tests in 0.095s


Running all tests in module gdata_tests.webmastertools_test



Ran 29 tests in 0.623s


Now you are ready to implement N800 applications using the Python library of Google Data API.

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