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Title: Failure to import win32api (from pywin32)
Type: Stage:
Components: Interpreter Core Versions: Python 3.4
Status: closed Resolution: not a bug
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: Nosy List: brett.cannon, eric.snow, ncoghlan, theller, vstinner
Priority: normal Keywords: 3.4regression

Created on 2014-03-24 07:33 by theller, last changed 2022-04-11 14:58 by admin. This issue is now closed.

Messages (3)
msg214672 - (view) Author: Thomas Heller (theller) * (Python committer) Date: 2014-03-24 07:33
With python 3.4 and pywin32 version 218 it is only possible
to import win32com or win32api when pywintypes has been imported before.

Here is part of a session with 'python -v':

>>> import win32api
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 2214, in _find_and_load
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 2203, in _find_and_load_unlocked
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 1191, in _load_unlocked
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 1161, in _load_backward_compatible
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 539, in _check_name_wrapper
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 1692, in load_module
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 321, in _call_with_frames_removed
ImportError: DLL load failed: Das angegebene Modul wurde nicht gefunden.
>>> import pdb;
> <frozen importlib._bootstrap>(321)_call_with_frames_removed()
(Pdb) locals()
{'kwds': {}, 'f': <built-in function load_dynamic>, 'args': ('win32api', 'C:\\Python34\\lib\\site-packages\\win32\\win32api.pyd')}
(Pdb) q
>>> import pywintypes
# C:\Python34\lib\site-packages\win32\lib\__pycache__\pywintypes.cpython-34.pyc matches C:\Python34\lib\site-packages\win32\lib\
# code object from 'C:\\Python34\\lib\\site-packages\\win32\\lib\\__pycache__\\pywintypes.cpython-34.pyc'
# C:\Python34\lib\__pycache__\imp.cpython-34.pyc matches C:\Python34\lib\
# code object from 'C:\\Python34\\lib\\__pycache__\\imp.cpython-34.pyc'
import 'imp' # <_frozen_importlib.SourceFileLoader object at 0x02F64AB0>
# extension module loaded from 'C:\\Python34\\lib\\site-packages\\win32\\_win32sysloader.pyd'
# C:\Python34\lib\__pycache__\datetime.cpython-34.pyc matches C:\Python34\lib\
# code object from 'C:\\Python34\\lib\\__pycache__\\datetime.cpython-34.pyc'
import 'datetime' # <_frozen_importlib.SourceFileLoader object at 0x02F70230>
import 'pywintypes' # <_frozen_importlib.SourceFileLoader object at 0x02F64950>
>>> import win32api
# extension module loaded from 'C:\\Python34\\lib\\site-packages\\win32\\win32api.pyd'
msg214691 - (view) Author: Brett Cannon (brett.cannon) * (Python committer) Date: 2014-03-24 15:49
For those that don't read German, the exception says "The specified module could not be found".

Anyway, what looks suspicious to me is this line that gets imported by pywintypes:

# extension module loaded from 'C:\\Python34\\lib\\site-packages\\win32\\_win32sysloader.pyd'

That module's name suggests it might be critical. I also wonder what is going on with your sys.path as pywintypes is coming from site-packages\win32\lib\ while win32api is coming from site-packages\\win32\\win32api.pyd (notice how pywintypes is in some lib subidrectory and win32api is not). That suggests to me that something is mucking with sys.path somewhere to make this require the ordering.
msg214696 - (view) Author: Thomas Heller (theller) * (Python committer) Date: 2014-03-24 16:36
It was most certainly an issue on my side, something with leftover files or directories from a previous installation.  After cleaning everything up it works now.  Sorry for the confusion.

(A personal remark: sometimes, the bdist_wininst uninstaller does not remove all directories that it has created - possibly because there are files leftover which the installer didn't create and so the uninstaller does not remove.  This leaves directories on sys.path which have no files, but they can be imported as 'namespace module' although they no functionality.  I don't find this useful...)
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:58:00adminsetgithub: 65249
2014-03-24 16:36:26thellersetstatus: open -> closed
resolution: not a bug
messages: + msg214696
2014-03-24 15:49:40brett.cannonsetmessages: + msg214691
2014-03-24 07:54:21vstinnersetnosy: + brett.cannon, ncoghlan, vstinner, eric.snow
2014-03-24 07:33:52thellercreate