Random in python 2.5 not working?

I am trying to use the import random statement in python, but it doesn't appear to have any methods in it to use.

Am I missing something?

Asked by: Walter354 | Posted: 24-09-2021

Answer 1

You probably have a file named random.py or random.pyc in your working directory. That's shadowing the built-in random module. You need to rename random.py to something like my_random.py and/or remove the random.pyc file.

To tell for sure what's going on, do this:

>>> import random
>>> print random.__file__

That will show you exactly which file is being imported.

Answered by: Thomas783 | Posted: 25-10-2021

Answer 2

This is happening because you have a random.py file in the python search path, most likely the current directory.

Python is searching for modules using sys.path, which normally includes the current directory before the standard site-packages, which contains the expected random.py.

This is expected to be fixed in Python 3.0, so that you can't import modules from the current directory without using a special import syntax.

Just remove the random.py + random.pyc in the directory you're running python from and it'll work fine.

Answered by: Kevin832 | Posted: 25-10-2021

Answer 3

I think you need to give some more information. It's not really possible to answer why it's not working based on the information in the question. The basic documentation for random is at: https://docs.python.org/library/random.html

You might check there.

Answered by: Nicole457 | Posted: 25-10-2021

Answer 4

Python 2.5.2 (r252:60911, Jun 16 2008, 18:27:58)
[GCC 3.3.4 (pre 3.3.5 20040809)] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import random
>>> random.seed()
>>> dir(random)
['BPF', 'LOG4', 'NV_MAGICCONST', 'RECIP_BPF', 'Random', 'SG_MAGICCONST', 'SystemRandom', 'TWOPI', 'WichmannHill', '_BuiltinMethodType', '_MethodType', '__all__', '__builtins__', '__doc__', '__file__', '__name__', '_acos', '_ceil', '_cos', '_e', '_exp', '_hexlify', '_inst', '_log', '_pi', '_random', '_sin', '_sqrt', '_test', '_test_generator', '_urandom', '_warn', 'betavariate', 'choice', 'expovariate', 'gammavariate', 'gauss', 'getrandbits', 'getstate', 'jumpahead', 'lognormvariate', 'normalvariate', 'paretovariate', 'randint', 'random', 'randrange', 'sample', 'seed', 'setstate', 'shuffle', 'uniform', 'vonmisesvariate', 'weibullvariate']
>>> random.randint(0,3)
>>> random.randint(0,3)

Answered by: Catherine773 | Posted: 25-10-2021

Answer 5

If the script you are trying to run is itself called random.py, then you would have a naming conflict. Choose a different name for your script.

Answered by: Sophia239 | Posted: 25-10-2021

Answer 6

Can you post an example of what you're trying to do? It's not clear from your question what the actual problem is.

Here's an example of how to use the random module:

import random
print random.randint(0,10)

Answered by: Sawyer109 | Posted: 25-10-2021

Answer 7

Seems to work fine for me. Check out the methods in the official python documentation for random:

>>> import random
>>> random.random()
>>> random.uniform(1, 10)
>>> random.randint(1, 10)

Answered by: Dexter898 | Posted: 25-10-2021

Answer 8

Works for me:

Python 2.5.1 (r251:54863, Jun 15 2008, 18:24:51) 
[GCC 4.3.0 20080428 (Red Hat 4.3.0-8)] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import random
>>> brothers = ['larry', 'curly', 'moe']
>>> random.choice(brothers)
>>> random.choice(brothers)

Answered by: Ada364 | Posted: 25-10-2021

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