Newbie thwarted by sys.path on Vista

Michael M Mason michael at
Sun Aug 2 08:34:56 CEST 2009

"Dave Angel" <davea at> wrote in message 
news:mailman.4120.1249172970.8015.python-list at
> Michael M Mason wrote:
>> <div class="moz-text-flowed" style="font-family: -moz-fixed">I'm running 
>> Python 3.1 on Vista and I can't figure out how to add my own directory to 
>> sys.path.

Thanks to Jon, Piet, David and Dave for the responses.

> sys.path gets its values from several places.

Ah, I'd misunderstood the docs: I thought it came from just one place (which 
I couldn't find).

> Anyway, I'd suggest adding it to PythonPath, and if it's empty, just 
> create it with the directory you need.

Thanks--that worked!

> I'm hoping you know you can also add to sys.path directly during script 
> initialization.  It's just a list, and is writeable.

Yes, but I'm mainly playing in IDLE and I was getting a bit fed up of 
repeatedly typing
  import sys
  import mystuff


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