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Python shell versus script import urllib2

Posted on 2014-04-18
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I can enter the following directly into a Python Shell with success:
import urllib2
response = urllib2.urlopen('http://python.org/')
html = response.read()
# code 
import urllib2
response = urllib2.urlopen('http://python.org/')
html = response.read()

#error received when run .py script:
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:\Help\Training\Python\web\urllib2.py", line 5, in <module>
    import urllib2
  File "C:\Help\Training\Python\web\urllib2.py", line 6, in <module>
    response = urllib2.urlopen('http://python.org/')
AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'urlopen'

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When I save the same lines into a .py script and run, I receive this error:
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:\Help\Training\Python\web\urllib2.py", line 5, in <module>
    import urllib2
  File "C:\Help\Training\Python\web\urllib2.py", line 6, in <module>
    response = urllib2.urlopen('http://python.org/')
AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'urlopen'

Looking for explanation on why the error.  Any help please ?
Thanks
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Question by:DoveTails
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by:simon3270
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I've tried this in Linux (Python 2.7.5), and all works well (with python shell, and from a file).  Also from Windows (Python 2.7.6).

The error says the import is on line 5 - what do the first 4 lines say?

Just tried it in Python 3.4 on Windows, but I don't have the urllib2 module (and neither urllib nor urllib3 have a urlopen method).

(edit: added correct Windows Python2 version, and that Python3 fails)
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Do not name your own script urllib2.py. Add or change whatever part of the name. Python tries to import your own script as the urllib2. After changing it to say urllibX.py, do not forget to remove the earlier precompiled urllib2.pyc.

In Pyhon 3,  the doc says (https://docs.python.org/2/library/urllib2.html):
The urllib2 module has been split across several modules in Python 3 named urllib.request and urllib.error. The 2to3 tool will automatically adapt imports when converting your sources to Python 3.
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by:DoveTails
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Thank you Pepr - after renaming the script and deleting the compiled file, all worked as expected.   Simple solution that would've taken me a long time to figure out ... appreciate your input.  Huge time saver for me.
Thanks Simon3270 for testing, Pepr's solution solved my dilemma.
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I am glad I could help. :)
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