Clean out packages installed with easy_install¶
If you have never used easy_install on your system you don’t need to read any further - congratulations!
If you have used easy_install in the past, you might run into some difficult-to-diagnose installation problems. To avoid these, we suggest you remove any packages you previously installed with easy_install.
First you need to find the packages installed with easy_install. To do this,
dist-packages directory to which
easy_install will have installed. See Debian and Ubuntu Python package paths for an
description of the paths to which Python packages can get installed on Debian
/ Ubuntu. You can check the location of installation directories by looking
at the contents of
sys.path at the Python prompt:
$ python >>> import sys >>> print("\n".join(sys.path))
dist-packages directory locations follow.
pythonX.Y refers to your Python version, so
python2.7 for Python 2.7 etc.
- Debian / Ubuntu system installation:
/usr/local/lib/pythonX.Y/dist-packages(see: Debian and Ubuntu Python package paths);
- Fedora system installation for pure Python packages:
- Fedora 64-bit system installation for packages with compiled extensions:
- Linux home installation:
- OSX Python.org installation:
- OSX Python user installation:
Look in your site-packages / dist-packages directory for a file called
easy-install.pth. If no such file exists, you have no easy_install
installs in that directory.
If the file does exist, look for the packages listed in the file. The file will look something like:
import sys; sys.__plen = len(sys.path) ./requests-0.12.1-py2.7.egg ./oauthlib-0.1.3-py2.7.egg ./certifi-0.0.8-py2.7.egg ./rsa-3.0.1-py2.7.egg ./pyasn1-0.1.3-py2.7.egg import sys; new=sys.path[sys.__plen:]; del sys.path[sys.__plen:]; p=getattr(sys,'__egginsert',0); sys.path[p:p]=new; sys.__egginsert = p+len(new)
Delete each directory listed. For example, if your package directory
easy-install.pth file was
rm -rf /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/requests-0.12.1-py2.7.egg rm -rf /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/oauthlib-0.1.3-py2.7.egg
etc. When you have finished deleting these directories, delete the
easy-install.pth file. Repeat for each potential package directory.
If you need these packages, then you can re-install them using pip.