Sorry, the installer doesn't support . Aborting installation!

Sorry for the total N00b question.

I just created an Amazon EC2 instance (running Amazon Linux AMI 2017.03.1) and installed python (sudo yum install python). I then successfully retrieved the installation file:

but, when I tried to do the actual installation:
python --production

I got the following error message:
Sorry, the installer doesn’t support . Aborting installation!

I tried this both as the default login user and as root - same result.

I am clearly missing something obvious, but cannot figure out what it is - please help.

I ‘resolved’ the problem - I tore down the instance I had created, then created one that uses Ubuntu. There were no problems with the installation.

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