Errors installing xlrd

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Errors installing xlrd

Postby wtrouser » Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:10 pm

I am relatively new to Python, and this will undoubtedly seem like a 'luser' question, but I promise I've googled until my fingers bled and I'm still behind the brick wall. Problem: I get errors when attempting to install the xlrd module. It's the first module I've tried to install, and I have to think I'm missing something simple.

Specs:
python v 2.7.5
xlrd v 0.9.2
mac OSX

Here are the xlrd README instructions and the steps I've taken:

Instructions: Any OS: Unzip the .zip file into a suitable directory, chdir to that directory, then do "python setup.py install".

I don't know what qualifies as a "suitable" directory, but I downloaded the zipped file, unzipped it, and put the resulting folder in my HD. I then started python via Terminal and changed the directory using os.chdir(). I don't know what it means to "do" the final instruction step, so I tried simply typing "python setup.py install" into python. Syntax error. I tried typing "setup.py install" and "setup.py" and got more syntax errors.

According to the python.org 2.7.5 documentation, "installing the module distribution is a simple matter of running one command from a terminal: setup.py install" - yet when I do that (without changing the directory... it didn't mention it so I didn't do it) I get "-bash: setup.py: command not found". If I change what I type to "python setup.py install" I instead get a "Errno2 No such file or directory."

metulburr's module tutorial says:
3rd party software use distutils from the standard library to install themselves. So no path configuration is required to use thier code. These typically come with a setup.py file
... except that I'm apparently too ignorant to know what to do with a setup.py file.

Trust me... the fact that I can't solve this myself has me seriously questioning whether I should even continue trying to learn Python. I'm already feeling sufficiently stupid.

Thanks for any help you can offer.
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Re: Errors installing xlrd

Postby micseydel » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:25 pm

I'd like to see a screenie of what you've got going on here.
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Re: Errors installing xlrd

Postby wtrouser » Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:17 am

micseydel wrote:I'd like to see a screenie of what you've got going on here.


Thanks micseydel for the quick reply! Actually, I've learned (to my surprise) that a neighbor can help with the knucklehead beginner stuff, which is great news I'm sure to any Python pro reading this. With help, the module has been imported. I will endeavor not to post further until a worthy question arises... and until I've read more.
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Re: Errors installing xlrd

Postby micseydel » Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:26 am

What was the solution?
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Re: Errors installing xlrd

Postby wtrouser » Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:30 am

micseydel wrote:What was the solution?


Typical scenario for anyone who has had IT visit their cubicle. With the neighbor looking over my shoulder...

"See? It says to do this, so I tried entering this, doing this..." and it worked. The setup script ran and the module imported, just as it should. I wish it was something more exotic, but it was the expected... me being impatient and trying every combination of my best guesses except the correct one.
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