[Image-SIG] "ImportError: The _imaging C module is not installed."

Christopher Barker Chris.Barker at noaa.gov
Sat May 7 01:45:34 CEST 2011

On 5/6/11 4:03 PM, Susi wrote:
> I installed python 3.2 but with I try to run things with python3

I don't think PIL supports 3.* yet -- if you want the python.org python, 
use 2.7.

There are binaries for PIL here:


you want: PIL-1.1.7-python.org-32bit-py2.7-macosx10.3.dmg

Which is compatible with the 32 bit python.org binary.

If you need 64 bit, then you'll need to build yourself.

> Hmmm, okay. I tweaked the PIL install, then reran it, and made some
> progress. In setup.py I changed *JPEG_ROOT = None* to *JPEG_ROOT =
> libinclude("/usr/local")*

odd -- I thought fink put its stuff in /sw/...

> Hmm, the readout seems okay, though I don't know what FreeType2 is -

you need that for drawing text on an image. there is a freetype lib 
provided by Apple, I thought it worked with PIL.

> --- ZLIB (PNG/ZIP) support ok

> jpgs work now! But pngs still don't.

That's odd, given the note above, so I don't knwo what to say -- there 
is sometest code youi can runin the PIL distro, you might try that for a 


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