How to install MySQLdb package? (ImportError: No module named setuptools)


Question

I am trying to install MySQLdb package. I found the source code here.

I did the following:

gunzip MySQL-python-1.2.3c1.tar.gz
tar xvf MySQL-python-1.2.3c1.tar
cd MySQL-python-1.2.3c1
python setup.py build

As the result I got the following:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "setup.py", line 5, in ?
    from setuptools import setup, Extension
ImportError: No module named setuptools

Does anybody knows how to solve this problem? By the way, if I am able to do the described step, I will need to do the following:

sudo python setup.py install

And I have no system-administrator-rights. Do I still have a chance to install MySQLdb?

Thank you.

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9/19/2009 6:07:44 PM

Accepted Answer

If MySQLdb's now distributed in a way that requires setuptools, your choices are either to download the latter (e.g. from here) or refactor MySQLdb's setup.py to bypass setuptools (maybe just importing setup and Extension from plain distutils instead might work, but you may also need to edit some of the setup_*.py files in the same directory).

Depending on how your site's Python installation is configured, installing extensions for your own individual use without requiring sysadm rights may be hard, but it's never truly impossible if you have shell access. You'll need to tweak your Python's sys.path to start with a directory of your own that's your personal equivalent of the system-wide site pacages directory, e.g. by setting PYTHONPATH persistently in your own environment, and then manually place in said personal directory what normal installs would normally place in site-packages (and/or subdirectories thereof).

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9/19/2009 6:28:15 PM

After trying many suggestions, simply using sudo apt-get install python-mysqldb worked for me.

More info: Getting "Error loading MySQLdb module: No module named MySQLdb" - have tried previously posted solutions


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