[New-bugs-announce] [issue26665] pip is not bootstrapped by default

Axel Luttgens report at bugs.python.org
Tue Mar 29 10:24:46 EDT 2016

New submission from Axel Luttgens:

Relevant page:


One may read:

    In most cases, end users of Python shouldn’t need to invoke
    this module directly (as pip should be bootstrapped by default),
    but it may be needed if installing pip was skipped when
    installing Python (or when creating a virtual environment) or
    after explicitly uninstalling pip.

As far as I correctly read the configure file that comes with the 2.7.11 tarball, the default is to behave as if --with-ensurepip=no had been passed.

As a result, that sentence fragment:

    (as pip should be bootstrapped by default)

may appear somewhat ambiguous for those compiling Python themselves.

Perhaps could this one avoid some head scratching:

    (as packagers are expected to have bootstrapped pip)


assignee: docs at python
components: Documentation
messages: 262610
nosy: Axel, docs at python
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: pip is not bootstrapped by default
type: enhancement
versions: Python 2.7

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