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I am trying to set up a Python script to run on my Mac OS X 10.10. I have never worked with Python before so I am having to troubleshoot each step as I go. The current problem I am having is when I open the script using Python Launcher. The script is returning the following error:

ImportError: No module named http.client

The script is working in the dev environment that my contractor is working in. However I am certain he is running windows and not mac.

Is the issue I am having a Mac issue, Python issue or something else? How do I fix this?
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by:John-Charles-Herzberg
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Try installing WING 101 http://wingware.com/downloads/wingide-101, Can you post the script your are developing?

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JC
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John,

Because of privacy and security issues around the script that is being developed I cannot post the entire script. I may be able to pull snippets and post them here if needed. However I did not develop the script so I may need help in finding the correct snippets to post if they are needed.

I am looking at the Wingware suggestion you made. Will this replace the Python download I have already installed on my Mac or is it an add on to what I have already installed?
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You should not have had to install Python on you mac, buy default it is part of the mac os, you might have installed a GUI development tool.  So to make a long story  short this application would sit on top of the mac python code and allow you to debug and compile the code.  I used it for a free class I took from Coursera www.coursera.org. I would also recommend this class

class name: Programming for Everybody (Python)
link: https://www.coursera.org/course/pythonlearn

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JC
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John,

Here is what I have figured out so far. The developer that compiled this script used Python 3.4. My apple has Python 2.x. I have installed 3.4.2 but now I have two different versions running. It appears that when I launch the script using /usr/bin/pythonw, the pre-installed version of Python runs rather than the newest version that I have installed.

I am working now to see if I can force 3.x to run the script rather than 2.x.
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Have a look at this install information at http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/how-to-upgrade-your-mac-to-python-3 for version 3X.  Section 4 is How do I run Python 3

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JC
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I was just about to post back and tell you what I found. The Interpreter for Python 2.x is located in /usr/bin/. When you use Python Launcher with the 3.4 install it points to that directory by default. However the Interpreter for Python 3.x installs in /usr/local/bin/. When I updated the Interpreter to that new directory the script is running and working perfectly.

Thanks for the help and for the article above. It walks me through in 10 minutes what only took me 10 hours to resolve...
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Good luck and have fun with Python.  If you are interested this small computer can run Python development tools also it is called raspberry pi and more information is at http://www.raspberrypi.org/.  It only cost $35.

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JC
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JC - sorry this took me so long to award. I forgot it was still outstanding. Thanks again for your help on this issue.
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