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  1. #1

    Question xml.dom.minidom module not found

    I wrote a script to cleanup the Collada files generated by Lightwave. It removes all the <extra> nodes and the extra translate and rotate nodes. The import xml.dom.minidom gives a module not found error. To get it to work I had to go into the and extract the "pyexpat.pyd" file into the bin folder. The entire source code is below but the error comes from the import statement at the beginning.

    Is there a way I can make this work without extracting the file?

    #! /usr/bin/env python
    # -*- Mode: Python -*-
    # -*- coding: ascii -*-
    This is a LightWave Generic plug-in that cleans a collada export
    import sys
    import lwsdk
    import xml.dom.minidom
    import os
    import tempfile
    import re
    __author__     = "Clinton Reese"
    __date__       = "Mar 25 2012"
    __copyright__  = "Clinton's 3D Creations"
    __version__    = "1.0"
    __maintainer__ = "Clinton Reese"
    __email__      = ""
    __status__     = "Example"
    __lwver__      = "11"
    #had to copy pyexpat.pyd from inside to bin and restart LW
    #otherwise get module not found error
    class fix_collada(lwsdk.IGeneric):
        def __init__(self, context):
            super(fix_collada, self).__init__()
            self._filepath = ""
            self._savepath = ""
            self._removeExtras = True
            self._removeExtraRotations = True
            self._removeExtraTranslations = True
        # LWGeneric -------------------------------------------
        def process(self, ga):
            # panels
            # /LightWave11.0/sdk/lwsdk11.0/html/globals/panel.html
            # /LightWave11.0/sdk/lwsdk11.0/include/lwpanel.h
            ui = lwsdk.LWPanels()
            panel = ui.create('Collada Fixer')
            controlWidth = 128
            c1 = panel.load_ctl('Select File',controlWidth)
            c2 = panel.save_ctl('Save As',controlWidth)
            #c = BOOL_CTL( pf, pan, label 
            c3 = panel.bool_ctl('Remove <extra> nodes')
            c4 = panel.bool_ctl('Remove extra rotation nodes')
            c5 = panel.bool_ctl('Remove extra translation nodes')
            panel.align_controls_vertical([c1, c2, c3, c4, c5])
            c3.set_int(1 if self._removeExtras else 0)
            c4.set_int(1 if self._removeExtraRotations else 0)
            c5.set_int(1 if self._removeExtraTranslations else 0)
            if | lwsdk.PANF_CANCEL) == 0:
                return lwsdk.AFUNC_OK
            self._filepath                = c1.get_str()
            self._savepath                = c2.get_str()
            self._removeExtras            = (c3.get_int() == 1)
            self._removeExtraRotations    = (c4.get_int() == 1)
            self._removeExtraTranslations = (c5.get_int() == 1)
            if not(self._removeExtras or self._removeExtraRotations or self._removeExtraTranslations):
                print >>sys.stderr,'At least one removal option must be selected.'
                return lwsdk.AFUNC_OK
            if self._filepath == '':
                print >>sys.stderr,'Select a Collada file that is to be cleaned.'
                return lwsdk.AFUNC_OK
            if not os.path.exists(self._filepath):
                print >>sys.stderr,'Input file does not exist.'
                return lwsdk.AFUNC_OK
            if self._savepath == '':
                print >>sys.stderr,'Need a destination file.'
                return lwsdk.AFUNC_OK
            print self._filepath
            print self._savepath
            doc = xml.dom.minidom.parse(self._filepath)
            #remove <extra>
            if self._removeExtras:
                extras = doc.getElementsByTagName('extra')
                for extra in extras:
                    parentNode = extra.parentNode
            #remove meaniningless <translate>
            if self._removeExtraTranslations:
                translates = doc.getElementsByTagName('translate')
                for translate in translates:
                    sid = translate.getAttribute('sid')
                    #print translate.toxml()
                    if sid != 'translate':
                        val = translate.childNodes[0].data
                        if val == '0 0 0':
                            parentNode = translate.parentNode
            #remove meaningless <rotate>
            if self._removeExtraRotations:
                rotates = doc.getElementsByTagName('rotate')
                for rotate in rotates:
                    sid = rotate.getAttribute('sid')
                    if sid != 'rotateX' and sid !='rotateY' and sid !='rotateZ':
                        val = rotate.childNodes[0].data
                        valsplit = val.split()
                        if valsplit[3] == '0':
                            parentNode = rotate.parentNode
            #create a temporary file to receive the changes
            f_temp, temppath = tempfile.mkstemp(suffix='.txt', text=True)
            f_temp = open(temppath,'w+')
            #write the xml to the temp file
            #go to start of the file for reading
  , os.SEEK_SET)
            #new collada file
            f = open(self._savepath,'w')
            #regular expression line starts with one or more spaces followed by a newline
            blankLine = re.compile('^ +\n')
            firstLine = True
            for fileline in f_temp:
       loses the original structure of the first 2 lines
                if firstLine:
                    f.write('<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>\n')
                    f.write('<COLLADA xmlns="" version="1.4.1">\n')
                    firstLine = False
                #don't write the blank lines
                if continue
            #delete the temp file
            return lwsdk.AFUNC_OK
    ServerTagInfo = [
                        ( "Python Fix Collada", lwsdk.SRVTAG_USERNAME | lwsdk.LANGID_USENGLISH ),
                        ( "Fix Collada", lwsdk.SRVTAG_BUTTONNAME | lwsdk.LANGID_USENGLISH ),
                        ( "Utilities/Python", lwsdk.SRVTAG_MENU | lwsdk.LANGID_USENGLISH )
    ServerRecord = { lwsdk.GenericFactory("LW_PyFixCollada", fix_collada) : ServerTagInfo }

  2. #2
    Geist im Maschine Gorbag's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Lakewood, CO
    It does exist in the distribution. Here's an example of its usage:

    However, it requires a shared library module ("pyexpat.pyd") in order to function.

    Since Python 2.7.2 cannot load shared libraries from a Zip file, you must extract the Python library files found in "bin/" to a folder called "bin/Lib". Once extracted, delete or rename "", run LightWave, and Python should be able to locate and use all the shared libraries bundled within the "Lib/" folder (including "bin/Lib/pyexpat.pyd").

  3. #3
    Karma Chameleon BigHache's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Future Past Life
    Good tip, thank you!




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