Using sudo with pip3?

Clint Moyer contact at
Sat Jan 7 18:58:45 EST 2017

Not sure how you guys got this thread so far off topic, but I think it
is valuable to present the current situation in the context of Jim's
sudo question. Staying on topic, the emphasis should be on taking the
path of least resistance with your current OS. The only thing to be
gleaned from PEP394 is that users should not put faith or expectations
in what their /usr/bin/python symlink points to. Most systems point to
Python2, but it is not guaranteed.

So to minimize your issues with installing Python packages, take the
path of least resistance and install through your system repo. And use
Python2 or Python3 explicitly to avoid conflicts.


On Sat, Jan 7, 2017 at 4:39 PM, Chris Angelico <rosuav at> wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 8, 2017 at 9:34 AM, Michael Torrie <torriem at> wrote:
>> On 01/07/2017 11:39 AM, Clint Moyer wrote:
>>> All Linux operating systems come with Python installed, with more
>>> recent systems such as Arch defaulting /usr/bin/python to Python3,
>>> since Python2 discontinued some 7-9 years ago.
>> Poor choice of words, in my opinion.  Python 2 has not received new
>> features for 7-9 years now but it certainly hasn't been "discontinued"
>> and won't be for some years yet, though new programming (and distros)
>> should be with Python 3 now.
> Also, /usr/bin/python shouldn't be Python 3.
> But various distros are moving towards "don't have Python 2 installed
> by default", which consequently means "no system scripts depend on
> Python 2".
> ChrisA

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