How to add a library path to pythonpath ?

Christian Heimes lists at
Tue Mar 16 16:56:28 CET 2010

Steve Holden schrieb:
> Barak, Ron wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm trying to add a library path to my pythonpath, but seems it is not
>> accepted -
>> On Windows DOS window:
>> C:\>echo %PYTHONPATH%
>> c:\views\cc_view\TS_svm_ts_tool\SVMInspector\lib\
> That looks like it should work. The only thing I notice is that I don't
> have a trailing backslash on my Windows PYTHONPATH. Could that be the
> problem?

Yes, that's definitely a major issue on Windows. Windows' stat() method
returns an error for paths with a trailing (back)slash. For example
_stat("C:\\Windows") works but _stat("C:\\Windows\\") sets errno to
ENOENT or ENOTDIR. I got bitten by the issue a couple of years ago as I
worked on pars of Python's import system.

Quoting Tim Peters: [1]

The Microsoft stat() function is extremely picky about
trailing (back)slashes.  For example, if you have a
directory c:/python, and pass "c:/python/" to the MS stat
(), it claims no such thing exists.  This isn't documented
by MS, but that's how it works:  a trailing (back)slash is
required if and only if the path passed in "is a root".  So
MS stat() doesn't understand "/python/", and doesn't
understand "d:" either.  The former doesn't tolerate a
(back)slash, while the latter requires one.



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