Confusing, desparate MySQLdb problems...

stopchuckingstuff stopchuckingstuff at
Sun Jan 17 02:20:26 CET 2010

On Jan 17, 12:14 am, Ned Deily <nad at> wrote:
> In article
> <0ba7faf8-f816-4100-ba5b-b138d3008b29 at>,
>  stopchuckingstuff <stopchuckingstuff at> wrote:
> > I have installed MySQLdb on Mac OSX 10.6.2, and have it working when
> > running on my system in IDLE and in terminal, however encounter
> > continual problems when running it through Apache.
> > When trying to import the module, it gives me this error:
> > <type 'exceptions.ImportError'>: /Library/WebServer/.python-eggs/
> > MySQL_python-1.2.3c1-py2.6-macosx-10.3-fat.egg-tmp/ no
> > appropriate 64-bit architecture (see "man python" for running in 32-
> > bit mode)
> > Which I  just don't understand, as it works perfectly in IDLE?!
> > I am running Snow Leopard in 64bit mode, but I don't see how this
> > could be the problem when I have already run the module successfully.
> Most likely possibility: you've installed another Python on 10.6,
> probably from, which only runs in 32-bit mode while Apache is
> using the Apple-supplied Python 2.6.1 which, by default, runs in 64-bit
> mode.  From the terminal, do:
> which python
> If it's not /usr/bin/python, you're using another Python in the
> terminal.  You'll need to install a 64-bit version of the MySQLdb and
> the MySQL client libraries for the Apple-supplied Python or modify the
> Apache setup to either force 32-bit mode for the Apple-supplied Python
> or use the other Python (from /usr/local/bin/python2.6 or wherever).
> --
>  Ned Deily,
>  nad at

Thanks very much - I think this must be the problem (which python
produces some long path to Python 2.6). Ideally, I'd like to change
Apache's path to python as I had such problems installing MySQLdb -
would you have any idea how to do it?

Thanks again for you help

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