pip install --user tries to uninstall system package #440

npinto opened this Issue Jan 27, 2012 · 3 comments

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I'm trying to install a package into my $PYTHONUSERBASE (see PEP370) using --user but since my system already has an older version pip is trying to uninstall the system version and fails.

$ pip install --no-deps --user git+https://github.com/fabric/fabric.git
Downloading/unpacking git+https://github.com/fabric/fabric.git
  Cloning https://github.com/fabric/fabric.git to /tmp/pip-hmaLKb-build
  Running setup.py egg_info for package from git+https://github.com/fabric/fabric.git

    warning: no previously-included files matching '*' found under directory 'docs/_build'
    warning: no files found matching 'fabfile.py'
Installing collected packages: Fabric
  Found existing installation: Fabric 1.3.3
    Uninstalling Fabric:
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/pip/basecommand.py", line 126, in main
    self.run(options, args)
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/pip/commands/install.py", line 228, in run
    requirement_set.install(install_options, global_options)
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/pip/req.py", line 1096, in install
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/pip/req.py", line 482, in uninstall
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/pip/req.py", line 1398, in remove
    renames(path, new_path)
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/pip/util.py", line 255, in renames
    shutil.move(old, new)
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/shutil.py", line 299, in move
OSError: [Errno 13] Permission denied: '/usr/bin/fab'

Storing complete log in /home/npinto/.pip/pip.log
@pnasrat pnasrat was assigned Jan 30, 2012

Confirmed in develop as issue.

@pnasrat pnasrat added a commit to pnasrat/pip that referenced this issue Mar 4, 2012
@pnasrat pnasrat Issue #440 using user site with installed. 7735e33

This also happens with --target.


fixed in pull #574

@qwcode qwcode closed this Jul 10, 2012
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