Python and Boost – Trying to run vPython and getting __doc__ is read only error.


How to get vPython working?

I'm running on Mac OS X with Python 2.6 , and recently downloaded vPython. Upon installation it also installs the Boost libraries for Python. Now, when I try to import the vPython libraries ('visual'), the following occurs:

>>>import visual
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/lib/python2.6/site-packages/visual/", line 59, in <module>
    import cvisual
AttributeError: 'Boost.Python.StaticProperty' object attribute '__doc__' is read-only

After reading around I've found this could possibly be a serious bug, but I lack the technical know-how to implement (or indeed trust myself to even try and implement) any of the 'workarounds' posted on the interweb.

Does anyone know a decent fix for this? Or could someone walk me through (newbie style) how to implement any of the fixes.

I believe I have installed the latest Boost libraries from their svn trunk, although (very unhelpfully) I'm not 100% sure it was successful, and at the very least it definitely didn't work.

Best Solution

Have you tried using:

from visual import *

If thats not working than possibly reinstall Python on your machine as well as vPython.

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