Where to manually place extra python resources

Busser, Jim james.busser at ubc.ca
Wed Mar 20 09:46:26 PDT 2013

Hi all,

An application written in python wants to import a python library not presently included among MacPorts' ports. The library in question is hl7 which parses health care-related messages encoded in HL7 v 2.x and available from


I have had success by placing the untarred directory (hl7) and its subjacent files (__init__.py, client.py) in the same directory as the app's launcher, but only because the launcher shell script adds that directory to PYTHONPATH.

Is there some more "standard" place under Mac OS where I can relocate the hl7 library so that my MacPorts python can find it? I have already tried placing it under each of the following, with no luck:



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