damorton damorton - 5 months ago 8x
Python Question

ZipFile module creating .pyc file

I can't find any info on this but when I try and create a zip archive in Python it creates a .pyc instead.


import zipfile

z = zipfile.ZipFile('test.zip', 'w')

This is the result of running the script.

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The script you're running (or some other script you have) is actually called zipfile.py, and so Python is actually first looking in the folder your script is in to find a module called zipfile. When it finds this script, it imports that instead of the actual module.

Any time a script is imported to another Python file, Python automatically creates a compiled .pyc file resulting in that zipfile.pyc. If you rename your file to something more specific (and also fix your typo) you should be able to avoid this problem.