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I've got an Ubuntu 12.04 x64 Server edition VM that I'm running python2.7 on and trying to install the MySQLdb package via the command (I've already got easy_install installed and working):

$ sudo easy_install MySQL-python

but I get the following traceback error when easy_install tries to compile:

Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "/usr/local/bin/easy_install", line 9, in <module>
      load_entry_point('distribute', 'console_scripts', 'easy_install')()
   File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/setuptools-1.1-py2.7.egg/", line 357, in load_entry_point
      return get_distribution(dist).load_entry_point(group, name)
   File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/setuptools-1.1-py2.7.egg/", line 2393, in load_entry_point
      raise ImportError("Entry point %r not found" % ((group,name),))
ImportError: Entry point ('console_scripts', 'easy_install') not found

My /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages shows the following packages installed:

  • distribute-0.7.3-py2.7.egg
  • easy-install.pth
  • pyinotify-0.9.4-py2.7.egg
  • setuptools-1.1-py2.7.egg
  • setuptools.pth

I'm not really sure where to go from here, or why I'm even getting this error...any ideas?

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Any reason you cannot use the precompiled packages? – dawud Sep 3 '13 at 12:19
@dawud to install what? mysql-python? I don't see that in the list at the site you linked... – sadmicrowave Sep 3 '13 at 12:45
The actual name of the package might not be exactly the same. Use apt-cache show $package to find out which one is the packaged version of MySQL-python (python-mysqldb?) – dawud Sep 3 '13 at 12:49
@dawud, this would be my first time installing from the prepackaged list; do I download the file from a browser and scp it to my box or can I use apt-get? if so, what is the command to install from the prepackaged repo? – sadmicrowave Sep 3 '13 at 12:56
The usual workflow is apt-get update and apt-get install $package. You can also also use aptitude instead of apt-get. Dependencies (if any) will be handled automatically. – dawud Sep 3 '13 at 12:58

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