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Installation problems: Fatal Python error: PyThreadState_Get: no current thread #88

matteomanca opened this issue Oct 17, 2016 · 2 comments


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commented Oct 17, 2016

Dear all,

I'm trying to install snap for python ( on my mac OSX but I get the following error:

"Fatal Python error: PyThreadState_Get: no current thread
Abort trap: 6"

Any idea?
Thanks in advance.



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commented Feb 9, 2018

This is caused by linking a static version of libpython into ycmd's This leads to multiple copies of the python interpreter loaded when python loads and this messes up python's global state. The details aren't important.

The solution is that the version of Python linked and run against must be built with either --enable-shared or --enable-framework (on OS X). This is achieved as follows (NOTE: for Mac, replace --enable-shared with --enable-framework):

When building python from source: ./configure --enable-shared {options}
When building python from pyenv: PYTHON_CONFIGURE_OPTS="--enable-shared" pyenv install {version}

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