[Python-Dev] Deprecate PEP 370 Per user site-packages directory?

Random832 random832 at fastmail.com
Sat Jan 13 13:04:47 EST 2018

On Sat, Jan 13, 2018, at 12:06, Christian Heimes wrote:
> Hi,
> PEP 370 [1] was my first PEP that got accepted. I created it exactly one
> decade and two days ago for Python 2.6 and 3.0. Back then we didn't have
> virtual environment support in Python. Ian Bicking had just started to
> create the virtualenv project a couple of months earlier.
> Fast forward 10 years...
> Nowadays Python has venv in the standard library. The user-specific
> site-packages directory is no longer that useful. I would even say it's
> causing more trouble than it's worth. For example it's common for system
> script to use "#!/usr/bin/python3" shebang without -s or -I option.
> I propose to deprecate the feature and remove it in Python 4.0.

Where would pip install --user put packages, and how would one run scripts that require those packages? Right now these things Just Work; I've never had to learn how to use virtual environments.

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