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pip install –user and your path

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/06/09

I’ve added this to my ~/.bashrc to stuff installed by pip install --user is accessible from interactive shells:

# set PATH so it includes user's private python "pip --user" bin if it exists
if [ -d "$HOME/.local/bin" ] ; then
    PATH="$PATH:$HOME/.local/bin"
fi

The addition is at the end of the path. It is a choice: it means machine installs take prevalence over user installs. That’s usually what I want. For more considerations (including non-interactive shells), see [WayBack] bash – How to correctly add a path to PATH? – Unix & Linux Stack Exchange.

The --user installs do not affect the full system, nor other users.

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–jeroen

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