Here are some common errors that happen during the build.
This section covers UNIX/Linux problems only, as I don't do Windows.
.so is a dynamically loading library on Linux and most other UNIX
variants; a few use extensions other than .so. Windows probably
You have dynamic MySQL libraries, and by default, your compiler links
_mysql.so against these, but these are not on your loader path
when you start Python.
You have two basic options:
Modify setup.py so that it links against the static library; see the comments.
If your linker supports a run-time loader path switch, you can set this
in setup.py as well.
Change your system environment so that the MySQL libraries are on
your loader path. With Linux, you can modify /etc/ld.so.conf (see
man ldconfig for more details) or you can add to or create the
LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable before starting Python, i.e.
PyLong_FromUnsignedLongLong() first appears in Python 1.5.2, so you are
linking against an earlier version. You may also have more than one version
installed. Get Python 1.5.2 or newer from your vendor or python.org.
The include path (-I) to your MySQL include files is wrong; modify
setup.py. OR: You don't have the MySQL development stuff loaded. If you
are using the Red Hat RPMs, you need the MySQL-devel RPM to compile
_mysql.so. However, if you link against the static MySQL
libraries (see above), you can install _mysql.so on a system
that does not have the MySQL client libraries (libmysqlclient).