OT: bdist_rpm and Python 2.2

This is somewhat off topic, but: I've been trying to build matplotlib (and numarray and scipy for that matter) with 'python setup.py bdist_rpm'. This works fine on a Fedora Core 3 system. It does not work on FC1 with its default Python 2.2 installation, nor does it work if I install Python 2.3 from the FC1 RPMs at python.org and do 'python2.3 setup.py bdist_rpm' on the FC1 system. The version of distutils on the FC3 system and the FC1 Python 2.3 install seems to be the same. Since the FC1 system is supposed to be a stable server, I'm loathe at the moment to risk updating it to FC3.

Any help?