Need help importing/installing reportlab module

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Tue Aug 31 16:01:15 CEST 2004

On Tue, 31 Aug 2004 07:52:32 -0400, Steve Holden wrote:

>> when I unzip, I get
>> ..\ReportLab_1_19\reportlab-1_19
> Right, but this is because you chose to unzip INTO a directory you had 
> created called ReportLab_1_19.

Actually, that's one of the context menu options winrar suggests -
the name of the zip file.

> If you look at the archive with WinZip or 
> similar, you'll see that it essentially bundles everything into a 
> reportlab-1_19 directory. That directory contains only two things: you 
> identify them in your next bit. Not sure what the "..\" is doing in your 
> path up there ...

Sorry, should have been "." IOW I unzipped it into the dir it was
saved in and let winrar create a dir named after the zip archive.
<snip all the nitpicky stuff I tried>
> Right. You are complicating things WAY beyond what they need to. 
> Something I am prone to do myself, so I feel a certain sympathy.

As it says at your site, Python folks are nice - liked the success
matrix bit, too :) i.e., the "...two ways into..." article linked
from the home page.
> Delete everything you've done so far and unpack the archive into the 
> root directory on your D: drive. (or move what you have already, if you 
> feel confident doing that and you haven't messed about with the contents 
> of the package). This will create
> D:\reportlab-1_19\MANIFEST.txt
> D:\reportlab-1_19\reportlab\

> and a whole bunch of other stuff. What you are supposed to import is the 
>   D:\reportlab-1_19\reportlab DIRECTORY: it's a package, as indicated by 
> the presence of the file.
> So, having got this far, you now need to create a .pth file that Python 
> will find (the easiest way to ensure that is to create it in the same 
> directory as your python.exe interpreter binary). It doesn't matter what 
> it's called, as long as its name ends in ".pth". It needs to contain 
> just one line, which reads
> D:\reportlab-1_19

Done. Even tried D:\reportlab-1_19\reportlab after the above line
failed - just in case. Erm... I just shut down and started python
again and it reread the path file and works. Screw myself :( Recall
I mentioned shutting it down once before? Maybe I didn't do that
often enough. Wish I knew, cause this has been what I'd call a PITA
compared to the last time I installed this package.
> This will indicate to the interpreter that it can look in that directory 
> for the reportlab package, and bingo, you are done.

Mekes sense. Python finds what is now paths.pth in the same dir as
its executable, etc.
> Note that if you install multiple packages you can add a line to the 
> same .pth file for each of the packages you want Python to find, but 
> that needn't concern you just now.

Maybe not, but it'll save a post later.
<snip my other futile, wheel spinning endeavors>

> [...] and I would encourage you to read the 
> description in the tutorial [Section 6.4 in my 2.3 documentation]. It 
> also doesn't really help that type(reportlab) is reported as <type 
> 'module'>, adding to the potential for confusion, but once you have used 
> packages for a while it seems like a very natural way to bundle related 
> pieces of functionality.

Agreed and duly noted. How can I forget after this? ;)

But the userguide.pdf has bullets and paragraphs in that section and
I'm sure you're not talking about graphics_reference.pdf. THe report
lab site I downloaded from... sparse. I didn't see add'l docs there.

>From 00readme.txt
If you don't see the pdf manual you expected or you wich to
ensure an up to date copy run the script tools/!
" is not in tools\, it's in docs\ - where the readme resides
:) heh, heh... documentation's a bitch. seems to work nicely. throws no
errors and compiles,, and threw a flurry of messages some WARNs some Errors. I tried
to redirect win console errors to a file, but all those python
errors don't make it there. The first wrning was that the Imaging
Library was not available. Unable to import bitmaps.

Maybe that means PIL? I dunno.

I got graphics_reference.pdf out of the deal. Not sure if there
should be more, but the 00readme says

Thid directory holds documentation.  For end users,
it should contain a number of PDF manuals.  For
people working with the source, this directory will
be the destination for any manuals built.
> Get back to the group again if you still can't import reportlab - it's 
> really worth the effort, honest! I use the o-s toolkit to do all my 
> invoicing.

Is that part of reportlab or what? FYI, reportlab is used by a
program called gerber2pdf by Joseph C Chavez. It converts the
industry standard Gerber files from an electronic circuitboard
layout package to pdfs. Kinda handy when you don't have a high $

Best Regards,

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