[Distutils] buildout/setuptools/distribute unhelpful error message (0.7.x issue?)

Chris Withers chris at simplistix.co.uk
Sun Jul 7 09:08:37 CEST 2013

Hi All,

What is this exception trying to tell me?

Extracting in /tmp/tmpJNVsOY
Now working in /tmp/tmpJNVsOY/setuptools-0.7.2
Building a Setuptools egg in /tmp/tmpBLZGeg
Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "bootstrap.py", line 91, in <module>
   File "/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/pkg_resources.py", line 451, 
in add_entry
     self.add(dist, entry, False)
   File "/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/pkg_resources.py", line 542, 
in add
   File "/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/pkg_resources.py", line 705, 
in _added_new
   File "/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/pkg_resources.py", line 2727, 
in <lambda>
     add_activation_listener(lambda dist: dist.activate())
   File "/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/pkg_resources.py", line 2227, 
in activate
   File "/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/pkg_resources.py", line 2328, 
in insert_on
     "with distribute. Found one at %s" % str(self.location))
ValueError: A 0.7-series setuptools cannot be installed with distribute. 
Found one at /tmp/tmpBLZGeg/setuptools-0.7.2-py2.6.egg

I don't see any distribute in there, and I don't know where it might be...

$ python2.6
Python 2.6.8 (unknown, Jan 29 2013, 10:05:44)
[GCC 4.7.2] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
 >>> import setuptools
Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
ImportError: No module named setuptools



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