Problems installing PySQLite, SQLite and Trac

Jon Clements joncle at
Sun Feb 1 12:51:57 EST 2009

On 1 Feb, 15:48, kimwlias <kimwl... at> wrote:
> My initial goal is to finally install Trac. This is the second day
> I've been trying to make this possible but I can't find, for the life
> of me, how to do this. OK, here is the story:
> My system is a VPS with CentOS 5.
> I found out that I have two versions of python: 2.4 at /usr/bin/
> python2.4 and 2.5.2 at /usr/local/apps/python/bin/python2.5
> My first try was to download the SQLite amalgamation, './configure',
> 'make' and 'make install'. Then I downloaded the PySQLite and 'python
> install'. The funny part is that python2.4 has sqlite while
> python2.5 doesn't:
>     [root at xxx]# python
>     Python 2.5.2 (r252:60911, May 10 2008, 17:42:40)
>     [GCC 4.1.2 20070626 (Red Hat 4.1.2-14)] on linux2
>     Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more
> information.
>     >>> import sqlite
>     Traceback (most recent call last):
>     File "", line 1, in
>     ImportError: No module named sqlite
>     [root at xxx]# python2.4
>     Python 2.4.3 (#1, Mar 14 2007, 18:51:08)
>     [GCC 4.1.1 20070105 (Red Hat 4.1.1-52)] on linux2
>     Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more
> information.
>     >>> import sqlite
>     >>>
> After some more research I found out that the amalgamation is not the
> default way and I needed to run the which isn't
> inside the pysqlite! ->
> I then thought, "OK, let's install the SQLite from the precompiled
> binary packages". So I downloaded the first two packages from here: The one contains a .bin file and
> the other an .so file. I must admit, I'm relatively new in Linux so I
> don't know what do with these files. And there is NO DOCUMENTATION
> what so ever on how to use these two in the SQLite website. Not even a
> slight hint where to look for. The so called documentation is just a
> download version of the website....
> You can find some more information about my problem here:
> I really really really need your help. Thank you so much in advance.

IIRC, pysqlite was a wrapper for the SQLite library. However, in
version 2.5+ of Python, it's part of the standard distribution and is
in the module called sqlite3. Just walking throuh the instructions
(although I only have 2.5.2 installed gives me this):

Python 2.5.2 (r252:60911, Oct  5 2008, 19:24:49)
[GCC 4.3.2] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import sqlite3
>>> import pysqlite2

Are you trying to set up using 2.4 or 2.5? I'm just a little confused
as to why if sqlite works on 2.4 which looking at the installation
instruction [ref:]
is what's recommended, is what the problem is?

As you're under a redhat derivative, perhaps it might be worth just
getting the rpm(s) for pysqlite2 and that might well sort it out for

Sorry to have not been of more help,


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