I'm currently reading the "Building Mapping Applications with QGIS" Book and I'm stumped when I try to set my paths in Ubuntu.

The first command works fine: export PYTHONPATH=~/usr/share/qgis/python/

The command to set my QGIS libraries is an issue: export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=~/qgis path/lib

The issue is that I can't find the "lib" directory.

From what I can see qgis executes from the "/usr/bin/qgis" folder It's files are located in the "~/usr/share/qgis" folders but there is no hint of a lib folder

I do have the following under the qgis structure: -doc -globe -grass -i18n -images -python -resources -svg

Can someone figure out how to set the qgis/lib path under ubuntu trusty?

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Looks like I had installed anaconda on my system. When I invoked python from the command line it was booting the anaconda version of python and it couldn't find the qgis.core or qgis.gui libraries.

I went ahead and uninstalled anaconda. This time when I ran python it ran the imports properly.

Looks like I'm good to go.

  • Can you please accept this answer as the correct one (the little tick mark on the left) so people in the future know what the problem was and how to solve it.
    – Kersten
    Jul 21, 2015 at 5:49

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