noob can't install python modules/scripts

lostguru aznjedi585 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 29 05:40:59 CET 2012


On Friday, December 28, 2012 11:12:19 PM UTC-5, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> "The website"? There's more than one website on the Internet. Which 
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> website are you referring to? What .py script did you download? How did 
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> you run it? Details are important!
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sorry about that; I was using the setuptools package from pypi python [ http://pypi.python.org/pypi/setuptools ]; I downloaded the ez_setup.py file from under the 64-bit windows installation section and ran that (by double clicking on it, I hope this wasn't another noob mistake lol)
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> It looks like you tried to run the easy_install command from inside the 
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> Python interactive interpreter, rather than from your system shell.
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> The system shell (command.com or cmd.exe I guess) will have a $ or % sign 
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> as the prompt. Python usually has >>> as the prompt, although if you are 
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> running ActivePython it may be something else. You need to run the 
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> "easy_install BeautifulSoup4" command from the system shell, not Python.
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> Try that, and if there's another error, please copy and paste the exact 
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> command you used, and the full error message.
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running easy_install from the command line worked and BeautifulSoup4 seems to have installed, thanks for pointing out my mistake

the only problem I have now is that importing beautifulsoup into a .py file I wrote generates an error (I'm using ActiveState Komodo Edit 7, is there another program you would recommend to a beginner like me?)

trying to run the script gives an import error:
ImportError: No module named BeautifulSoup

importing other modules like os and urllib that came with the python installation work without problems

looking online, all I've found were other accounts talking about a beautifulsoup.py that should be in the C:\Python27\Lib\site-packages directory, but I've found no such thing from the installation anywhere in the Python folder (funnily enough, I did a drive search with Everything and found a BeautifulSoup.py in my autodesk maya installation)

am I somewhere near the mark? or am I off completely?



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