ImportError: No module named roman

Post by on June 7, 2012

reStructuredText is the best word processing application on the planet. However, it can be frustrating to work with when it doesn't work properly.

I am using a Macbook Pro with Snow Leopard and received an error that the roman module isn't present, as shown here:

$ rst2pdf file.rst
Traceback (most recent call last):
 File "/usr/local/bin/rst2pdf", line 8, in <module>
 load_entry_point('', 'console_scripts', 'rst2pdf')()
 File "/Library/Python/2.6/site-packages/setuptools-0.6c9-py2.6.egg/", line 277, in load_entry_point
 def get_entry_info(dist, group, name):
 File "/Library/Python/2.6/site-packages/setuptools-0.6c9-py2.6.egg/", line 2180, in load_entry_point
 except AttributeError:
 File "/Library/Python/2.6/site-packages/setuptools-0.6c9-py2.6.egg/", line 1913, in load
 return entry
 File "/Library/Python/2.6/site-packages/rst2pdf-0.17.dev_r0-py2.6.egg/rst2pdf/", line 63, in <module>
 from docutils.parsers.rst import directives
 File "/Library/Python/2.6/site-packages/docutils/parsers/rst/", line 75, in <module>
 from docutils.parsers.rst import states
 File "/Library/Python/2.6/site-packages/docutils/parsers/rst/", line 108, in <module>
 import roman
ImportError: No module named roman

To resolve this issue, do the following:

1. Download the module.

$ wget

2. Put the module in a directory visible to Python.

You have two options to accomplish this:

a. Put the module in the Python site-packages folder.

To find the site-packages folder, first find what python version you are using:

$ python -V
Python 2.6.1

Next, find the correct site-packages folder. In most unix environments you will use the folder located at "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/", but for Mac OS X you will instead need to use the folder at "/Library/Python/2.6/site-packages/". If you are unsure where it is at, you can search for it:

$ sudo find / -name "site-packages" | grep "Python"

Then, simply copy the module to the folder, making sure you choose the folder according to the version you are using:

$ sudo cp /Library/Python/2.6/site-packages/

Note: You can either copy the one in your working directory and delete it, or simply move it with 'mv'.

b. Put the module in a folder of your choosing and add the folder to the PYTHONPATH.

The second option is to create a folder and place the module (the file) in it and then update your PYTHONPATH to include that folder like so:

$ export PYTHONPATH=/path/to/folder

Now, the error should no longer occur. However, to make this change permanent you will want to add the above line to your bashrc (or profile for Mac OS X) file.

Note: the bashrc or profile can be found at ~/.bashrc and ~/.profile respectively. Simply add the 'export PYTHONPATH=/path/to/folder' line to it.

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