most recent version does not install /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pkg_resources/extern and /_vendor

Bug #1658844 reported by bill danford on 2017-01-24
This bug affects 23 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
python-pip (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

This is new install of lubuntu 14.04, installing python-pip
Most recent python-pip version, installed 23 Jan 2017, does not install /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pkg_resources/extern and /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pkg_resources//_vendor.
The failure to install the subdirs caused "ImportError: No module named packaging.version"
To correct copied missing subdirs from an install done about a week ago.
Also apparent issues in /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/setuptools and/or /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/setuptools-34.0.1.dist-info
To correct copied from an install done about a week ago.
I note earlier install had /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/setuptools-33.1.1.dist-info
This revision from 33.1.1 to 34.0.2 seems to be related to the issue.
Specific problem came about installing cryptography: sudo pip install cryptography --force-reinstall
Cryptography needed for paramiko package.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04
Package: python-pip 1.5.4-1ubuntu4
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.4.0-59.80~14.04.1-generic 4.4.35
Uname: Linux 4.4.0-59-generic i686
ApportVersion: 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.23
Architecture: i386
CurrentDesktop: LXDE
Date: Mon Jan 23 18:30:33 2017
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: python-pip
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

bill danford (w-danford) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in python-pip (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
eric (hongkongrr) wrote :

Yes this is also effecting me too and blocking my auto deploy projects across the board.

Mateusz Misiorny (soquel) wrote :

I am experiencing the same issue as well. Are there any known workarounds for now, before it's fixed?

Carlos Vasquez (cvasquez-py) wrote :

Same issue here with our Chef builds.

       ---- Begin output of /usr/bin/pip install cryptography ----
       STDERR: Traceback (most recent call last):
         File "/usr/bin/pip", line 5, in <module>
           from pkg_resources import load_entry_point
         File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pkg_resources/", line 70, in <module>
           import packaging.version
       ImportError: No module named packaging.version
       ---- End output of /usr/bin/pip install cryptography ----
       Ran /usr/bin/pip install cryptography returned 1
       [2017-01-25T09:04:40+00:00] FATAL: Chef::Exceptions::ChildConvergeError: Chef run process exited unsuccessfully (exit code 1)

Dan Erklauer (derklauer) wrote :

Is there a work around for this?

Yitzchak Lockerman (ylockerman) wrote :

This issue is breaking our puppet configuration scripts. Breaking pip can lead to some serious problems, I hope this is considered a critical bug.

Kyle Corupe (kyle-corupe) wrote :

+1 for experiencing the issue and breaking our builds.

Has anyone figured out a way around this bug? Haven't been able to deploy since.

Chris Downs (cdowns) wrote :

This isn't a good workaround for most people I'm sure, but I upgraded to 16.04 which doesn't have the issue. The specific app I'm hitting this bug with is a Python app in a Docker container so it's pretty easy to just rebuild my image against 16.04. I'll be downgrading once this is fixed though.

Kyle Corupe (kyle-corupe) wrote :

Found a work-around (

Install pip from python not packages and then setuptools from pip.

python -m pip install -U pip
pip install -U pip setuptools

When using the new pip its located in /usr/local/bin/pip

eric (hongkongrr) wrote :

The workaround doesn't work for my auto build environments, it would be good if we can get an official fix still.

Dan Erklauer (derklauer) wrote :

I believe I figured out the problem. When spinning up a fresh ubuntu 14.04 vagrant machine and manually installing pip with sudo apt-get install python-pip the dependency pkg_resources is installed with python3-pkg-resources to. I experience the same results if I use a ubuntu 14.04 image in an oracle VM. The workaround is to install pip with easy_install via python-setuptools and pip will work.

Luca Giovenzana (lucagiove) wrote :

In [1]: import setuptools
ImportError Traceback (most recent call last)
<ipython-input-1-b6e7bae96787> in <module>()
----> 1 import setuptools

/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/setuptools/__init__.pyc in <module>()
     11 import setuptools.version
---> 12 from setuptools.extension import Extension
     13 from setuptools.dist import Distribution, Feature, _get_unpatched
     14 from setuptools.depends import Require

/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/setuptools/ in <module>()
      5 import distutils.extension
----> 7 from setuptools.dist import _get_unpatched
      9 _Extension = _get_unpatched(distutils.core.Extension)

/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/setuptools/ in <module>()
     14 from setuptools.depends import Require
     15 from setuptools.compat import numeric_types, basestring
---> 16 import pkg_resources
     18 def _get_unpatched(cls):

/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pkg_resources/ in <module>()
     68 importlib_machinery = None
---> 70 import packaging.version
     71 import packaging.specifiers
     72 import packaging.requirements

ImportError: No module named packaging.version

Barry Warsaw (barry) wrote :

Something from the description is confusing me:

This is new install of lubuntu 14.04, installing python-pip
Most recent python-pip version, installed 23 Jan 2017, does not install /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pkg_resources/extern and /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pkg_resources//_vendor.

Note the /usr/local paths. While these paths are on Ubuntu python's sys.path by default, installing things from PyPI into these locations with `sudo pip install` can very definitely interfere with system packages like pip. We do not recommend `sudo pip install` but instead `pip install --user` which will put things in your ~/.local directory. That should reduce or eliminate the conflicts.

Kai Kasurinen (kai-kasurinen) wrote :

Since it seems likely to me that this is a local configuration problem,
rather than a bug in Ubuntu, I am marking this bug as 'Incomplete'.

However, if you believe that this is really a bug in Ubuntu, then we would
be grateful if you would provide a more complete description of the problem
with steps to reproduce, explain why you believe this is a bug in Ubuntu
rather than a problem specific to your system, and then change the bug
status back to "New".

For local configuration issues, you can find assistance here:

Changed in python-pip (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
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