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After reinstalling QGIS, the desktop program runs but generates the python error "Couldn't load SIP Module Pythin support will be disabled"

Because of this error, no plug-ins will load. I found a couple of descriptions of a similar problem on-line, which recommended:

sudo apt-get install python-sip4 sudo apt-get install python-qt4

Neither of these worked, and in fact neither even returned an installation candidate. Note that the error reports that recommended these were at least 1 year old, or older.

I installed SIP from this source and confirmed its installation, but QGIS continues to generate the same error.

System details:

OS: Xubuntu 12.04 with Xcfe desktop QGIS: 1.8 Python: 2.7.3 SIP: 4.13.3

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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If you had an older QGIS installed and working, then try moving the old .qgis folder aside (mv .qgis .qgis_old) and try again.

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