Python libs on Windows ME

Thomas Jollans thomas at
Tue Aug 31 23:04:56 CEST 2010

On Tuesday 31 August 2010, it occurred to hexusnexus at to exclaim:
> I'm not guessing that this is a problem on Windows 98, but on Windows
> ME modules in /Lib don't seem to load.  Examples include and
> which are both located in the top level Lib directory.  The same
> thing happens with Python 2.3, 2.4, and 2.5.  I can't get IDLE to load
> and the Python interpreter always complains that it can't load the
> "site" module even if Python is run from the same directory as the
> module (note: this does not happen if a module is loaded from the
> current working directory while in the interpreter).

What is sys.path set to ?

python.exe -c "import sys; print(sys.path)"

It sounds like the stdlib directory is not on sys.path. Couldn't say why 

> I would use another os like Linux or Windows 2000, but this particular
> computer can't even seem to handle even the most minimal graphical
> Linux distributions.

Really? I'm sure you can get Linux on there somehow. It might not be trivial, 
but it should definitely be possible. Out of interest: what distros did you 

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