How do I manually uninstall setuptools (installed by egg)?

excord80 at excord80 at
Wed Dec 10 04:16:32 CET 2008

On Dec 9, 10:04 pm, "Chris Rebert" <c... at> wrote:
> So, why do you think apt and not setuptools is The Right Way(tm)?

I like to keep > 1 Python on my computer.

1. First, there's the system Python, which is installed by my OS and
which I try not to mess with too much. I'm guessing Ubuntu uses this
Python for various system jobs, preferences apps, etc. I try to only
use apt with *this* Python.

2. Then there's my *own* Python. Maybe installed in ``/opt/py-i.j.k,
or---more likely---``~/opt/py-i.j.k``. *This* is the one where I've
previously made regular use of setuptools and ``easy_install``. If I
break this one somehow, it doesn't foul up my system Python in any
way, and it's easy to scrap it and start anew if I like.

So, I'd like to get my *system* Python back to its "fresh out of the
Ubuntu showroom" condition and remove *that* setuptools.

As an aside, I'm a bit struck by how long the setuptools/easy_install
manuals are, and a bit dismayed at the lack of an easy_install
uninstall command. Thinking of trying life for a while without
setuptools/easy_install. Will have to see how far I get. :)

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