MySQLdb will only import for root

Diez B. Roggisch deets at
Fri Jul 11 13:12:53 CEST 2008

martinnorth schrieb:
> Hi,
> I am running Python and MySQL on Ubuntu and have installed MySQLdb. If I 
> try to import MySQLdb I get the following error:
> ActivePython (ActiveState Software Inc.) based on
> Python 2.5.2 (r252:60911, Mar 27 2008, 16:42:08)
> [GCC 3.3.1 (SuSE Linux)] on linux2
> Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>  >>> import MySQLdb
> Traceback (most recent call last):
>   File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
> ImportError: No module named MySQLdb
> But if I lrun python as the root user it imports fine. Can anyone 
> suggest what might be wrong with the installation? Or is there nothing 
> wrong? I haven't seen any examples that mentioned being root to import a 
> module.

Try importing sys and printing out sys.path both with a "normal" account 
and the root-account, to see if there are any differences. And of course 
make sure both actually use the same interpreter.

Beyond that, you are right: there is no root-only-importing.


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