Importing the re module fails

Andreas Waldenburger geekmail at usenot.de
Sun Dec 7 20:47:42 CET 2008


On Sun, 07 Dec 2008 20:36:58 +0100 "Diez B. Roggisch"
<deets at nospam.web.de> wrote:

> Andreas Waldenburger schrieb:
> > This is a little puzzling.
> > 
> > 
> > Using ipython:
> > 
> >     [wildemar at localhost Logstuff]$ ipython
> >     Python 2.5.2 (r252:60911, Sep 30 2008, 15:41:38) 
> >     Type "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
> >     
> >     [snip ipython help message]
> > 
> >     In [1]: import re
> > 
> > 
> > This works fine. But with the regular python interpreter I get this:
> > 
> >     [wildemar at localhost Logstuff]$ python
> >     Python 2.5.2 (r252:60911, Sep 30 2008, 15:41:38) 
> >     [GCC 4.3.2 20080917 (Red Hat 4.3.2-4)] on linux2
> >     Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more
> >     information.
> >     >>> import re
> >     Traceback (most recent call last):
> >       File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
> >       File "/usr/lib/python2.5/re.py", line 10, in <module>
> >         # AB (info at pythonware.com).
> >     AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'compile'
> > 
> > 
> > What gives? Has Fedora-10 botched python or does anybody else have
> > that problem es well?
> 
> In my re.py module on line 10, there is no import - it has way to
> much comments on the module beginning.
> 
> So - how does your /usr/lib/python2.5/re.py look like?
Just like the error message says: " # AB (info at pythonware.com)." on
line ten. That's what confused me so much (among being confused anyway).

> And what
> about some modules lying around (potentially *pycs) that mask system
> modules?
> 
Bullseye. I had a re.pyc in the current directory, because I stupidly
created a testbed called re.py. Realizing my folly I renamed it to
something else, while forgetting to delete the already created re.pyc.

Thanks, and sorry for the noise. (I do wonder why ipython didn't
complain, though.)


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