Importing xlrd

Gary Herron gherron at
Tue Jun 3 02:18:06 CEST 2008

Chanman wrote:
> This is probably a simple question to most of you, but here goes.
> I've downloaded the xlrd (version 0.6.1) module and placed in in the
> site-packages folder.  Now, when I write a script, I type:
> import sys
> import xlrd
> When I run it, there is an import error saying there is no module
> named xlrd.  However when I type sys.path, the site-packages folder is
> definitely in the path.  Do I somehow need to run the xlrd
> first before importing?
> Any help would be appreciated.
> --
On what system?  Windows or Unix?  Which download?  The exe or the zip?

I'm guessing you downloaded the zip file on a Unix or Linux system.  If 
so, you should not copy the files into the site-package directory 
yourself.  You are supposed to use the included file like this:

  unzip into some local directory
  cd into that directory
  python build
  python install

Then your import should work fine.

Gary Herron

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