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Old 12th November 2005, 05:37 PM
bartwest Offline
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Fatal Python error: cannot get zipimporter instance

Hey everybody. This has been posted by others but no resolution has been found so i decided to start a new thread. I'm trying to use a program called BitPim. It installs just fine and will rum just fine initially. After a day passes, however, and i try to run it again i get the following output;

[bart@localhost ~]$ bitpim
zipimport.ZipImportError: not a Zip file: '/usr/lib/bitpim-0.8.01/bp'
Fatal Python error: cannot get zipimporter instance
[bart@localhost ~]$

Another person having the same problem got the following response from one of the dev team members;

"You can thank your operating system for this. Every evening it runs a
task that goes around stripping files. In this bp is an ELF binary
with a zip file appended. The automated strip processes is removing
the zip file.

I suggest finding the cron job that does this and stop it. (No, I don't
know what it is exactly as I don't run Fedora). "

So, does anybody know which program might be doing this and how i can stop it. BitPim is a great program for up and downloading contact and calender data from cell phones and i just can't believe there is no way to use it in fedora. Any help is GREATLY appreciated.

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Old 13th November 2005, 08:37 AM
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prelink? It modifies binaries. Disable it by uninstalling it:
yum remove prelink
(The cron script's in /etc/cron.daily)

An ELF binary with a zip included? Odd, I wonder why the data isn't seperate.
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Old 13th November 2005, 11:28 PM
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Thanks Jman. I've removed prelink and reinstalled BitPim. We'll see tomorrow if prelink was the culprit. I'll post the outcome when I know.

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Old 28th December 2005, 12:33 AM
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Sorry it took so long to add this reply. Prelink was the culprit. After removing prelink BitPim is running fine.
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