I recently had an installation of Debian Wheezy on an an ARMv5 device that needed some new Python packages installed. Having performed some Python development in the past, I wanted to use [Pip](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pip_(package_manager) (a Python package manager).
I also needed to install some Python Wheels. Wheels are an interesting addition to the Python lifecycle. Since the packages are already pre-built, there is no worry about the whole build phase when installing a Python package – a phase that could really cause you to have a bad day if you don’t have a good build environment already installed.
Unfortunately, sometimes installing packages isn’t as straightforward as I would hope it would be – sometimes it is on those good days when the stars are aligned correctly, and your lucky rabbit’s foot is tuned up. But other times, it requires a little bit of persistence and tweaking until you get it right.
At first, I installed Pip from the repositories. I ran a quick search to find the correct package:
sudo apt-cache search pip | grep python
Installation was via a typical
sudo apt-get install python-pip
Afterwards, I used Pip itself to install the required Wheel package:
sudo pip install wheel
As a test, I tried to install a recent setuptools wheel package into the current directory, but was met with an error message:
pip wheel --wheel-dir=./ setuptools pip: error: No command by the name pip wheel (maybe you meant "pip help --wheel-dir=./ setuptools")
A quick check on the version confirmed it:
pip --version pip 1.1 from /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages (python 2.7)
The wheel command needs a much newer version of Pip. I did a quick
apt-get update and checked the repos again:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-cache madison python-pip python-pip | 1.1-3 | http://cdn.debian.net/debian/ wheezy/main armel Packages
Nope, looks like version 1.1 is as good as it’s going to get from the repos. Time for plan B.
To prevent problems with having multiple binaries, I purged the existing Pip binary:
sudo apt-get purge python-pip Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following packages will be REMOVED: python-pip* 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 75 not upgraded. After this operation, 468 kB disk space will be freed. Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y (Reading database ... 30164 files and directories currently installed.) Removing python-pip ... Processing triggers for man-db ...
After reading the documentation, the simple way to install was
to grab the
get-pip.py Python script directly from Pip’s bootstrap site using
wget. It requires an HTTPS connection
however, so it helps to make sure you set the secure protocol switch:
wget https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py --secure-protocol=auto --2014-09-26 23:56:33-- https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py Resolving bootstrap.pypa.io (bootstrap.pypa.io)... 188.8.131.52 Connecting to bootstrap.pypa.io (bootstrap.pypa.io)|184.108.40.206|:443... connected. ERROR: The certificate of `bootstrap.pypa.io' is not trusted. ERROR: The certificate of `bootstrap.pypa.io' hasn't got a known issuer.
Looks like my root certificates were out of date. The quickest fix (if you are really worried about ghosts, spiders,
EMPs and security) was to update the
sudo apt-get install ca-certificates Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following NEW packages will be installed: ca-certificates 0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 75 not upgraded. Need to get 185 kB of archives. After this operation, 337 kB of additional disk space will be used. Get:1 http://cdn.debian.net/debian/ wheezy/main ca-certificates all 20130119 [185 kB] Fetched 185 kB in 0s (437 kB/s) debconf: delaying package configuration, since apt-utils is not installed Selecting previously unselected package ca-certificates. (Reading database ... 29993 files and directories currently installed.) Unpacking ca-certificates (from .../ca-certificates_20130119_all.deb) ... Processing triggers for man-db ... Setting up ca-certificates (20130119) ... Processing triggers for ca-certificates ... Updating certificates in /etc/ssl/certs... 158 added, 0 removed; done. Running hooks in /etc/ca-certificates/update.d....done.
Sure enough, the wget worked without problems:
wget https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py --secure-protocol=auto --2014-09-27 00:02:03-- https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py Resolving bootstrap.pypa.io (bootstrap.pypa.io)... 220.127.116.11 Connecting to bootstrap.pypa.io (bootstrap.pypa.io)|18.104.22.168|:443... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK Length: 1340903 (1.3M) [text/x-python] Saving to: `get-pip.py' 100%[================================================================>] 1,340,903 1.46M/s in 0.9s 2014-09-27 00:02:08 (1.46 MB/s) - `get-pip.py' saved [1340903/1340903]
After that, I finally installed Pip using the Python script:
sudo python ./get-pip.py Downloading/unpacking pip Downloading pip-1.5.6-py2.py3-none-any.whl (1.0MB): 1.0MB downloaded Installing collected packages: pip Successfully installed pip Cleaning up...
Okay, then I checked Pip’s version:
pip --version pip 1.5.6 from /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages (python 2.7)
Looks like Pip was ready to go. A quick test to install the
setuptools wheel to the current directory:
pip wheel --wheel-dir=./ setuptools Downloading/unpacking setuptools Downloading setuptools-6.0-py2.py3-none-any.whl (533kB): 533kB downloaded Saved ./setuptools-6.0-py2.py3-none-any.whl Cleaning up...
Now we’re cooking with gas!
Sometimes what should be simple package management turns out to be much more complicated. It pays to keep digging a little – usually the sources of the problems are due to outdated packages or unmet dependencies.