Add to python path in Linux

John Goebel jgoebel at
Tue Dec 20 21:01:12 CET 2005

On 20 Dec 2005 08:13:48 -0800, ninhenzo64 <ninhenzo64 at> wrote:


> Hi,
> I am trying to use wxPython under Linux. Unfortunately, our system
> administrator has gone home for the holidays so I cannot get him to
> install the libraries properly. However, I have unpacked the libraries
> in my home directory, so if there was some way of adding this to the
> path that Python searches libraries for, I think I can get around this
> problem. Does anyone know a way of doing this? Basically I want to be
> able to run this command in python:
> >>> import wx
> The variable PYTHONPATH doesn't seem to exist. Well, this bash command
> returns nothing:
> <bash$> echo $PYTHONPATH
> Any ideas anyone?

There are many ways to do append paths so Python can find the package.

You can append the path within the code"

import sys

Use PYTHONPATH from bash:

export PYTHONHPATH=/home/fooboy/wxpackage
(you can run this just from the command-line or put in into your
$HOME/.bashrc (or $HOME/.bash_profile).

Use $HOME/.pythonrc


Hope this helps,

> Cheers,
> Henry
> --

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