ImportError: No module named _md5 - Please help

Sean DiZazzo half.italian at
Thu Oct 29 17:28:55 CET 2009

On Oct 29, 8:49 am, wadi wadi <wadie... at> wrote:
> I can't alter the import statement as the error log is pointing to one
> of the installed python files ''
> /python/2.6.2/lib/python2.6/
> and I don't have the right permissions to alter the python installation.
> Any idea?
> On 10/29/09, Diez B. Roggisch <de... at> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > please don't post this to comp.lang.python *and* the python mailinglist.
> > Both are synchronized, so your post shows up twice on both.
> >> I am trying to run a python script and got this error.
> >>>>import _md5
> >>>>ImportError: No module named _md5
> > I've never seen this import. Normally, it should be
> >  import md5
> > So you might try to alter the import statement to
> >  import md5 as _md5
> > and see if things work.
> > It might be of course that the author of your script provided a home-grown
> > implementation of md5 which has a different interface, and called this _md5
> > to prevent name-clashes. Then you need to modify your whole script to make
> > it work.
> >> Googling the problem suggested that I install the 'py25-hashlib'.
> >> the following does not work for me 'sudo port install py25-hashlib' ,
> >> trying to install MacPorts raised many problems.
> >> My question is: any idea on how to install it using yum?
> >> I am running python 2.6.2 on a centos machine.
> > I don't understand this - you are talking about ports which is a Mac-thing,
> > but run on centos?
> > However that may be, this *should* be part of core python anyway. If not,
> > you might look in yum for some python-dependency-packages, no idea how to
> > do that though (debian user here)
> > Diez
> > --
> >
> --
> Wadienil.

You are being vague and confusing.  There is no default "_md5" python
library in the standard library.  You should be either using "import
md5" (deprecated) or "import hashlib".  Unless perhaps the code you
show is from inside one of those libraries, and there is a
that it uses but cant find.  Not sure about that.

Did you write the code above?  Or did you find it inside another
file?  If you found it inside another file what is the file?

If you still have questions, I have another approach.  Please cover
your palm and fingers with a thick layer of black ink (making sure to
cover your entire hand).  Press your hand down firmly on a piece of
bright white paper.  Allow the ink to dry.  Finally, scan the page and
post it here.  I will attempt to read your palm to find the answer.


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