Ah, confusion.

I'm trying to install a python library called lxml as needed by a python script. I've been through numerous SU quesitons and answers. I haven't been able to make much progress.

I run easy_install lxml and get:

Processing lxml-3.0.1-py2.6-macosx-10.6-universal.egg lxml 3.0.1 is already the active version in easy-install.pth

Using /Library/Python/2.6/site-packages/lxml-3.0.1-py2.6-macosx-10.6-universal.egg Processing dependencies for lxml Finished processing dependencies for lxml

but when I run my script, I get:

File "scraper.py", line 3, in import lxml.html File "/Library/Python/2.6/site-packages/lxml-3.0.1-py2.6-macosx-10.6-universal.egg/lxml/html/init.py", line 42, in from lxml import etree

ImportError: dlopen(/Library/Python/2.6/site-packages/lxml-3.0.1-py2.6-macosx-10.6-universal.egg/lxml/etree.so, 2): Symbol not found: _htmlParseChunk Referenced from: /Library/Python/2.6/site-packages/lxml-3.0.1-py2.6-macosx-10.6-universal.egg/lxml/etree.so

Expected in: flat namespace in /Library/Python/2.6/site-packages/lxml-3.0.1-py2.6-macosx-10.6-universal.egg/lxml/etree.so

I think that maybe I'm not using the correct python install? I've installed python with fink, but should I use OS X's python?

This is in my .profile:

test -r /sw/bin/init.sh && . /sw/bin/init.sh

which points to the fink install.

echo $PATH gives me:


Should I change that to point to snow leopard's python? (Which is 2.6.1) In Library/, there is:

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which are the lxml libaries I need, it appears, as well as requests.

And whereis python gives me /usr/bin/python

What do I do? How do I get python to use these libraries. And which python?

1 Answer 1


It seems that many of the issues with lxml are because of the multiple methods to installing it, many of which are dead ends. I took a look around and found a link with instructions for installation. Take a look...


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