[Tutor] pip stopped working gives error

Mats Wichmann mats at wichmann.us
Thu May 3 16:48:19 EDT 2018

On 05/03/2018 02:27 PM, Jim wrote:

>> I heard distutils may have been split out... see if you have a package
>> python3-distutils and if not installed, can you install it?
> I have:
> //usr/lib/python3.5/distutils
> and
> //usr/lib/python3.6/distutils, but no python3-distutils.
> Checking in Synaptic there is no python3-distutils but there is a
> python3-distutils-extra.

it was a guess... this change seems to have just happened in Ubuntu
(bionic/18.04 only), perhaps that's not the thing affecting you in Mint

$ dpkg -l python3-distutils
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                                 Version
Architecture            Description
ii  python3-distutils                    3.6.5-3                 all
                distutils package for Python 3.x
$ dpkg -L python3 | grep sysconfig
$ dpkg -L python3-distutils | grep sysconfig

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