[Python-Dev] Is the PIP requirement too strict?

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Tue Feb 11 18:30:03 CET 2014

I don't happen to have OpenSSL configured on my OSX dev box right now. This
usually leads to some warnings during the build stage and obviously various
ssl-based tests don't work, but I can still get other stuff done. But with
the latest repo, "make install" refuses to complete -- it ends fatally as

if test "xupgrade" != "xno"  ; then \
                case upgrade in \
                        upgrade) ensurepip="--upgrade" ;; \
                        install|*) ensurepip="" ;; \
                esac; \
                 ./python.exe -E -m ensurepip \
                        $ensurepip --root=/ ; \
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/Users/guido/cpython/Lib/runpy.py", line 171, in _run_module_as_main
    "__main__", mod_spec)
  File "/Users/guido/cpython/Lib/runpy.py", line 86, in _run_code
    exec(code, run_globals)
  File "/Users/guido/cpython/Lib/ensurepip/__main__.py", line 4, in <module>
  File "/Users/guido/cpython/Lib/ensurepip/__init__.py", line 203, in _main
  File "/Users/guido/cpython/Lib/ensurepip/__init__.py", line 74, in
  File "/Users/guido/cpython/Lib/ensurepip/__init__.py", line 23, in
    raise RuntimeError(_MISSING_SSL_MESSAGE)
RuntimeError: pip 1.5.2 requires SSL/TLS
make: *** [install] Error 1

Can this failure be suppressed in the Makefile (given that I know what I'm

--Guido van Rossum (python.org/~guido)
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