I'm trying to run the command:

easy_install MySQLdb

But, I'm getting the error:

'NoneType' object has no attribute 'clone'

I'm using Windows 7 x64 with Python 2.6 x86 (I've tried Python x64, but I get the same error). I'm also using setuptools 0.6c11 (only available in 32-bit).

Please see the full error on Pastebin.


There seems to only be an egg for Python 2.5 on Windows. Try with Python 2.5 on Windows for now, and it should work, yet I agree having two versions of Python can really put you in a horrible situation sometimes. Also, the package is MySQL-python and not MySQLdb.

See this other answered SU question for a workaround to get it on Python 2.6


The package is called MySQL-python. Before barfing up the Traceback, python output:

Creating /Users/fideli/py2.6/lib/python2.6/site-packages/site.py
Searching for MySQLdb
Reading http://pypi.python.org/simple/MySQLdb/
Couldn't find index page for 'MySQLdb' (maybe misspelled?)
Scanning index of all packages (this may take a while)
Reading http://pypi.python.org/simple/
No local packages or download links found for MySQLdb
Best match: None

Try easy_install MySQL-python instead.

  • I get the error, "error: The system cannot find the file specified". pastebin.com/f676f67ae – Nick Bolton Jan 14 '10 at 3:23
  • Ack, that's the limit of my help here. I don't use Python on Windows and I don't use MySQL at all. You can either edit this question with your new error and I'll delete this answer, or you can post a new question for that. Sorry! – fideli Jan 14 '10 at 3:29
  • Wait, your question is valid - just update it with "you need Python 2.5". – Nick Bolton Jan 14 '10 at 3:45

Ah, looks like the error is caused because MySQLdb does not exist. They need a better error message I think. Furthermore, to use setup.py install on windows, we need to install the "Developer Components" during the MySQL server setup, and I think we must use MySQL 5.0 but I'm not sure.

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