Getting PATH right for python after MacPorts install

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Published on 2010-12-22T02:53:45Z Indexed on 2010/12/22 2:55 UTC
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I can't import some python libraries (PIL, psycopg2) that I just installed with MacPorts. I looked through these forums, and tried to adjust my PATH variable in $HOME/.bash_profile in order to fix this but it did not work.

I added the location of PIL and psycopg2 to PATH.
I know that Terminal is a version of python in /usr/local/bin, rather than the one installed by MacPorts at /opt/local/bin.

Do I need to use the MacPorts version of Python in order to ensure that PIL and psycopg2 are on sys.path when I use python in Terminal? Should I switch to the MacPorts version of Python, or will that cause more problems?

In case it is helpful, here are more facts:

PIl and psycopg2 are installed in /opt/local/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/lib/python2.6/site-packages

which pythonreturns/usr/bin/python

echo $PATHreturns (I separated each path for easy reading):

:/opt/local/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/lib/python2.6/
:/opt/local/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/lib/python2.6/site-packages
:/opt/local/bin
:/opt/local/sbin
:/usr/local/git/bin
:/usr/bin
:/bin
:/usr/sbin
:/sbin
:/usr/local/bin
:/usr/local/git/bin
:/usr/X11/bin
:/opt/local/bin

in python, sys.path returns:

/Library/Frameworks/SQLite3.framework/Versions/3/Python
/Library/Python/2.6/site-packages/numpy-override
/Library/Frameworks/GDAL.framework/Versions/1.7/Python/site-packages
/Library/Frameworks/cairo.framework/Versions/1/Python
/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/lib/python26.zip
/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/lib/python2.6
/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/lib/python2.6/plat-darwin
/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/lib/python2.6/plat-mac
/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/lib/python2.6/plat-mac/lib-scriptpackages
 /System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/Extras/lib/python
/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/lib/python2.6/lib-tk
/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/lib/python2.6/lib-old
/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/lib/python2.6/lib-dynload
/Library/Python/2.6/site-packages
/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/Extras/lib/python/PyObjC
/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/Extras/lib/python/wx-2.8-mac-unicode

I welcome any criticism and comments, if any of the above looks foolish or poorly conceived. I'm new to all of this. Thanks!

Running OSX 10.6.5 on a MacBook Pro, invoking python 2.6.1 from Terminal

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