I had a really hard time finding this, so I'm posting it here:
First one must install all the proper packages on Natty (these are the
packages needed for zlib and sqlite in general, not just specifically
sudo apt-get install zlibc zlib1g zlib1g-devsudo apt-get install sqlite3-dev
Then one must add an LDFlag to the new lib directories (apparently Natty
has a new directory for X86_64 lib files):
after the ./configure open your Makefile and find the line withLDFLAGS =edit to LDFLAGS = -L/usr/lib//x86_64-linux-gnuand make
Credit for the above snippet goes to Awin Abi and source is below:
Basically, setting up Python2.5 ( and presumably any version of Python)
properly involves downloading the proper package libraries , then
building Python2.5 with those packages. In order to do this, the LDFlags
variable must have the new library location (the
/usr/lib/x86-64-linux-gnu) for Natty and 64-bit processors added.
I have not tried this on a 32-bit machine. This may not be required
then, or you may need to point the flag to load the proper directory.