ImportError: No module named _md5 - Please help

wadi wadi wadienil at
Fri Oct 30 09:37:18 CET 2009

Thanks Robert for defending me :)

On 10/29/09, Robert Kern <robert.kern at> wrote:
> On 2009-10-29 11:28 AM, Sean DiZazzo wrote:
>> 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?
>> 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?
> He's saying that he found that import in . He tried "import
> hashlib"
> (or something that tried "import hashlib"), and it gave him a traceback
> showing
> that the statement "import _md5" was the one that actually the root cause of
> the
> failure.
>> 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.
> That's uncalled for. He's been reasonably clear. The error in understanding
> is
> all on your end.
> --
> Robert Kern
> "I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
>   that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it
> had
>   an underlying truth."
>    -- Umberto Eco
> --


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