Problem Installing PIL (module search path problem I think)
rdu105 at psu.edu
Wed Nov 10 09:21:52 CET 1999
Dumb question I'm sure, but I'm fairly stuck so here goes:
I'm trying to install the Python Image Library (PIL) v1.0
Final on my system (mainly for the sake of using the vector
drawing program sketch).
I've successfully compiled PIL in Python-1.5.2/Imaging-1.0.
The installation instructions provided state that the module
must then be added to a location where Python can find the
I'm going to reproduce some of the install instructions here so
please humor the length of this post...
[from within Python-1.5.2/Imaging-1.0/]
8. To build a dynamically loaded module, just type "make":
This will create a file called "_imaging.so".
Then type (assuming a standard shell):
$ PYTHONPATH=.:./PIL ; export PYTHONPATH
>>> import _imaging
>>> import Image
If both imports works, you've successfully added PIL to your Python
9. Copy the "_imaging.so" module and the contents of the "Imaging/PIL"
directory to a suitable place along the Python path.
If you're using Python 1.5 or later, the preferred way is to create
a "PIL" subdirectory under "site-packages", copy the "PIL.pth" file
to "site-packages", and the rest of the files to the new
$ cp PIL.pth /usr/local/lib/Python1.5/site-packages
$ mkdir /usr/local/lib/Python1.5/site-packages/PIL
$ cp _imaging.so PIL/* /usr/local/lib/Python1.5/site-packages/PIL
Step 8 listed above works like a charm. Step 9 is what is giving me
problems. I couldn't find a Python-1.5.2/site-packages directory so
I created one and then followed the example commands in step 9 to
put PIL.pth and the _imaging.so library into Python-1.5.2/site-packages.
No luck there.
So I edited the PYTHONPATH environmental variable so that
I still had no luck verifying that "import _imaging" and "import
Image" would work as they did in installation step 8 above.
Any ideas? I'm sure that this is a really simply thing and I'm
just not RTCFM (the "correct" manual case of an old favorite).
Thank you for your time,
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