Python Module "Swampy" - Command Line Install

  7 years ago

Installing the Python Package "Swampy"

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In the book 'Think Python' some exercises use a module called Swampy. The description on the website uses installers PIP and Easy Install to deal with the installation package, but they don't appear in  LinuxMint MAYA. I couldn't get any of the GUI installers in MAYA to work with this package so I tried doing it by command line in a terminal window.

Step one, open a terminal window.

I had downloaded the Swampy package as a .gz.tar file and extracted it to my home directory. In the terminal, I checked that it was there.

jim@PAN ~ $ ls
2008-04-23  Documents  Dropbox  Pictures  swampy-2.1.1  Videos
Desktop     Downloads  Music    Public    Templates

It was, so I switched to the package directory and confirmed the contents. There's a file "" that's probably installs the module!

jim@PAN ~ $ cd swampy-2.1.1
jim@PAN ~/swampy-2.1.1 $ ls
CHANGES.txt  LICENSE.txt  PKG-INFO  README.txt  swampy

After playing a bit with the file "" I found it needs some additional commands.

jim@PAN ~/swampy-2.1.1 $ python --help
Common commands: (see '--help-commands' for more) build      will build the package underneath 'build/' install    will install the package

(There is more than this, the remainder has been snipped for clarity.)

The commands "build" and "install" look like they're the keys. So lets try "build".

jim@PAN ~/swampy-2.1.1 $ python build
running build
running build_py
creating build
creating build/lib.linux-i686-2.7
creating build/lib.linux-i686-2.7/swampy
copying swampy/ -> build/lib.linux-i686-2.7/swampy
<-----  text snipped out ----->

So what has been built? There's now a new directory called "build".

jim@PAN ~/swampy-2.1.1 $ ls
build  CHANGES.txt  LICENSE.txt  PKG-INFO  README.txt  swampy

The next step is to try "install".

jim@PAN ~/swampy-2.1.1 $ python install
running install
running build
running build_py
running install_lib
creating /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/swampy
error: could not create '/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/swampy': Permission denied

Permission? Oh yes, it wants to write data and create directories. Time for Super User!

jim@PAN ~/swampy-2.1.1 $ sudo python install
[sudo] password for jim:
running install
running build
running build_py
running install_lib
creating /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/swampy
copying build/lib.linux-i686-2.7/swampy/ -> /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/swampy
copying build/lib.linux-i686-2.7/swampy/ -> /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/swampy
<----- text snipped out ----->

This looks promising! OK open a Python GUI and see if modules can be imported from Swampy

>>> import swampy.TurtleWorld

No error messages means it's working.

Just in case, I finished off by running the setup-clean routine. Not sure what there is to be cleaned up, but I figured it's good practice.

jim@PAN ~/swampy-2.1.1 $ python clean
running clean
jim@PAN ~/swampy-2.1.1 $

After all this, the Python scripts using TurtleWorld run perfectly.