SQLite and Python 2.4

Joe Goldthwaite joe at goldthwaites.com
Wed Jul 2 02:51:35 CEST 2008

I'm confused.  (Not a new experience).  I've got a web application running
under Zope.  I use the Wing IDE for testing and debugging.  When trying to
recreate problems that come up on the web, I wrote some little routines that
pull my cookies out of the Firefox cookies.txt file into my code. That way,
I'm working with all the same options under Wing that my app uses when
running under Zope.

That's worked great until I upgraded to Firefox 3. Firefox 3 moved their
cookies from cookies.txt to cookies.sqlite.  I haven't worked with SQLite at
all so I started searching for examples and found this;

import sqlite3
conn = sqlite3.connect('test.db')
c = conn.cursor()
rows = c.execute('SELECT * from somefile')

Looks simple enough but I can't get it to work.  Here are my questions;

1. How do you get sqlite3 for Python 2.4?  I can't find it anywhere.

2. If sqlite3 is only for Python 2.5, does sqlite2 work the same way?

3. Looking at the cookies.sqlite file, I see some text right at the top
"SQLite format 3".  Does that mean that I need to use sqlite3?

I kind of got the above example using pysqlite2.4.1 for python 2.4.  I get
through the part where I create the connection object but the resulting
object doesn't have a cursor method.  I thought that maybe it wasn't
recognizing the cookies.sqlite file as a SQLite database so I tried the same
code giving it a junk text file instead and it behaved the same way.  Since
I didn't get an error message, I'm thinking that I've got the wrong version
for the Firefox cookies.sqlite file.

I don't have a clue as to where else to look to trace it down.  I'm hoping
that someone here is more familiar with it and can give me some pointers.


Joe Goldthwaite

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