[vtkusers] Python .egg packaging and installation with VTK v6.1.0

David Gobbi david.gobbi at gmail.com
Fri Oct 3 12:40:01 EDT 2014

Hi Adamos,

In order to use the modules, all of the VTK DLLs must be in the PATH
(or you can copy them into the same directory as the .pyd files).

 - David

On Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 5:53 AM, Adamos Kyriakou <somada141 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've managed to build VTK v6.1.0 (release branch) against the Anaconda Python 2.7.8 under Windows 8.1 with Visual Studio 2012 without a hitch. However, as I can see from the changelog VTK no longer ships with a 'setup.py' to allow for the installation and packaging of the build. So:
> 1) How do you go about packaging to an .egg now for distribution?
> 2) How do you install it to a given 'site-packages' directory? As far as I could tell I just needed to build the 'INSTALL' upon setting the 'VTK_INSTALL_PYTHON_MODULE_DIR' variable under CMake to the 'lib\site-packages' directory of my Python installation. I should mention that during  'Install' all the 'bin', 'include', etc directories end up under 'Program Files'. However, when trying to import VTK through python under the Python installation I just installed it in, the import fails with a:
> ```
> from vtkCommonCorePython import *
> Import Error: DLL load failed: The specified module could not be found
> ```
> even though the vtkCommonCorePython.pyd file in under the same directory as all the others.
> Any ideas?
> Thanks a lot!
> Adam

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