How to install python 3.* on Gentoo without compiling by hand?

Are there any ebuild or overlay for this?

UPDATE: now it's absolutely possible without any hacks

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    I love that server fault has become the go to place for these questions. Far easier than asking on 4 different linux forums.
    – sclarson
    Jul 13, 2009 at 20:35
  • @sparks god forbid we go to distro ML/Forum and ask the people that actually know...
    – Ophidian
    Aug 16, 2009 at 13:53
  • bizarre that this was closed as off-topic. This is the kind of server configuration problem that I would first think of searching here for. Jun 1, 2012 at 21:30

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Apparently in python-experimental, according to http://bugs.gentoo.org/250186


Python 3.1 is now available on Gentoo in the unstable category.

  • I'd detoured to Arch for a while, and didn't see that Gentoo had an upgrade. hug Guessing that I still need 2.* for Portage, though.
    – koenigdmj
    Aug 16, 2009 at 15:58
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    Yes, and most other things. In fact, installing 3.1 won't overwrite /usr/bin/python with the new version yet since so many things still need 2.X logic.
    – ctennis
    Aug 16, 2009 at 17:06

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