Could not find suitable distribution for Requirement.parse('urllib2')

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at
Wed Feb 24 09:26:28 EST 2016

On 24/02/2016 14:02, jdege at wrote:
> I've been running a simple python program on my Linux Mint 13 box for some years that depends upon
> I'm currently moving to a new Linux Mint 17 box, and I'm trying to move the program. I'm having a problem with installing
> The package comes with a
>      from setuptools import setup
>      setup(
>          name='pythings',
>          py_modules=['pythings'],
>          version='0.1',
>          description='Python Library for interfacing with Withings API',
>          install_requires=['simplejson', 'urllib2', 'hashlib'],
>      )
> When I run the install (sudo python install) I get an error:
>      Could not find suitable distribution for Requirement.parse('urllib2')
> Any ideas on how I should proceed? Is there some repository that contains urllib2 that needs to be added to the setuptools configuration?  Is there some new library that has supplanted urllib2?
> Help would be appreciated.

I'll guess that your new OS is running Python 3 by default, in which 
case urllib2 has gone.  If I'm correct you should to be able to run the 
code through 2to3.

My fellow Pythonistas, ask not what our language can do for you, ask
what you can do for our language.

Mark Lawrence

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