Module not found in script that was found in command-line interpreter. Possible Path issue?

Jacob Davis j.foster.davis at
Tue Apr 15 21:28:00 CEST 2008

On Apr 3, 2008, at 10:54 AM, Trent Mick wrote:
> Jacob Davis wrote:
>> I just installed the MySQLdb module and I have been able to get it  
>> to run in my command line interpreter. I am running Mac Leopard,  
>> and Python 2.5.
>> I have tested importing and actually connecting and using a MySQL  
>> database, although it issues some warning:
>> SnakeBite:MySQL-python-1.2.2 Snake$ python
>> Python 2.5 (r25:51918, Sep 19 2006, 08:49:13) [GCC 4.0.1 (Apple  
>> Computer, Inc. build 5341)] on darwin
>> Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more  
>> information.
>>>>> import MySQLdb
>> /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.5/lib/python2.5/ 
>> site-packages/MySQL_python-1.2.2-py2.5-macosx-10.3-fat.egg/ 
>> UserWarning: Module _mysql was already imported from
> From that message it looks like this "python" is /usr/local/bin/ 
> python (i.e. a separate installation than Apple's system python at / 
> usr/bin/python and /System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework).
> You can tell for sure by doing:
>  $ which python
>> However, while writing a .py script (with Komodo Edit) I try to  
>> simply import the module and the in-Komodo interpreter returns an  
>> error:
>> Traceback (most recent call last):
>>  File "/Users/Snake/Documents/NPS/Thesis/Source_Code/Genetics/ 
>>", line 11, in <module>
>>    import MySQLdb
>> ImportError: No module named MySQLdb
> I suspect that this is because your run of Komodo Edit doesn't have  
> "/usr/local/bin" on its PATH and is using "/usr/bin/python" instead  
> of the one you typically use on the command line.
> You can configure Komodo to know about /usr/local/bin by adding a  
> "PATH" setting in the "Environment" prefs panel. Arguably Komodo  
> should just add /usr/local/bin to its runtime PATH by default, but  
> unfortunately it currently doesn't. Komodo doesn't pick up your  
> normal bash shell environment because of problems trying to get that  
> information in general.
> Please let me know (or on the komodo-discuss list [^1] or Komodo bug  
> database [^2]) if you have any problems getting that going.
> Cheers,
> Trent
> [1]:
> [2]:
> -- 
> Trent Mick
> trentm at

Thanks, that seems to have worked.  I added "/usr/local/bin" to the  
PATH in the preferences Environment panel in Komodo.  Then in  
preferences I went into the Python pane and changed my selected  
interpreter from "/usr/bin/pythonw" to the now available "/usr/local/ 

Thanks again,


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