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I'm writing this as an utter Ubuntu newbie. I want to run the script found on Save points to a shapefile with GDAL. But I get the following error, yes this error is similar to the question posted here. Stick with me.

Python 2.7.2+ (default, Oct  4 2011, 20:06:09) 
[GCC 4.6.1] on linux2
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>>> import point_store
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
File "point_store.py", line 3, in <module>
import osgeo.ogr
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/osgeo/__init__.py", line 21, in      
_gdal = swig_import_helper()
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/osgeo/__init__.py", line 17, in     
_mod = imp.load_module('_gdal', fp, pathname, description)
ImportError: /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/osgeo/_gdal.so: symbol  
VSIFTruncateL, version GDAL_1.8 not defined in file libgdal.so.1 with link 
time reference

After reading the question I reference above I tried this:

sudo pip install GDAL==1.8.1

And then I got the following error:

cc1plus: warning: command line option ‘-Wstrict-prototypes’ is valid for   
Ada/C/ObjC but not for C++ [enabled by default]
extensions/gdal_wrap.cpp:149:20: fatal error: Python.h: No such file or 

compilation terminated.

error: command 'gcc' failed with exit status 1

Does anyone have an idea how I can get my gcc to happy fun times? There are lots of forum posts around about this error but I'm still looking for that "aha" moment.

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As a guess, try sudo apt-get install build-essential python-all-dev –  Mike T Apr 20 '12 at 6:25
I am now able to run the script I mentioned above sans any gcc error - I downloaded Ubuntu and all the other necessary programs onto my other computer. This is not really a solution but I'm glad to have an option for utilizing gcc and python now. –  Patty Jula May 4 '12 at 2:32

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On Ubuntu the safest way is always to rely on the package manager, then everything just works. I strongly recommend to install the GDAL Python bindings using apt-get instead of pip, try:

sudo apt-get install python-gdal
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Thank you for the responses webrian and @Mike Toews. I tried your suggestions, restarted my computer, and am still getting the same error. I also wanted to mention that when I ran the script I referenced the first time, it worked just fine! I ran it several times using different coordinates even. I am open to other ideas on how to get everything set up properly, should there be other thoughts. –  Patty Jula Apr 21 '12 at 2:59

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