[pygtk] ImportError: DLL load failed

Martin Walser martin.walser at gmx.de
Tue Feb 24 04:32:22 WST 2009



I just upgraded from Python 2.5 to Python 2.6 on my Windows machine.


But. unfortunately I can't get PyGTK to run anymore.


What I did:


1. Built Python 2.6 myself. I also did the necessary registry entries, so
setup of pygtk etc. finds the Py dir

2. gtk-dev-2.12.9-win32-2.exe . installed to: c:\libs\GTK installiert

3. pygtk-2.12.1-3.win32-py2.6.exe . installed in new python dir

4. pycairo-1.4.12-2.win32-py2.6.exe . installed in new python dir

5. pygobject-2.14.2-2.win32-py2.6.exe . installed in new python dir



But when I try to run my application, Python gives me:


Traceback (most recent call last):

  File "C:\Python Projects\RueLaSchraat\Eclipse
Workspace\test\src\root\nested\main.py", line 6, in <module>

    import gtk

  File "C:\libs\Python-2.6.1\Lib\site-packages\gtk-2.0\gtk\__init__.py",
line 38, in <module>

    import gobject as _gobject

  File "C:\libs\Python-2.6.1\Lib\site-packages\gtk-2.0\gobject\__init__.py",
line 30, in <module>

    from gobject.constants import *

"C:\libs\Python-2.6.1\Lib\site-packages\gtk-2.0\gobject\constants.py", line
22, in <module>

    from _gobject import type_from_name

ImportError: DLL load failed: The specified module could not be found. 




Wondering which DLL is missing I checked the _gobject with dependency


Screenshot: http://i40.tinypic.com/2dcd4c9.jpg


Looks like MSVCR90.dll is missing.


I didn't wonder much, as I'm still using VS 2005.

But installing the VS2008 and VS2008+SP1 redists didn't help.

Copying either of the dlls of the VS2008 redist package aside the
_gobject.pyd result in a crash only: wrong dll.





Am I on the completely wrong trip anyway seeking the problem with a missing

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