[Python-modules-team] Bug#871790: python-pip-whl: pip freeze gives pkg_resources==0.0.0 in venvs

Julien Palard julien at palard.fr
Fri Aug 11 15:26:59 UTC 2017

Package: python-pip-whl
Version: 9.0.1-2
Severity: normal

Dear Maintainer,

When I run pip freez in a new venv, I'm getting "pkg-resources==0.0.0".

Here's how I reproduce it:
$ python3 --version
Python 3.5.3
$ python3 -m venv /tmp/pip-freeze
$ . /tmp/pip-freeze/bin/activate
(pip-freeze) $ python3 -m pip --version
pip 9.0.1 from /tmp/pip-freeze/lib/python3.5/site-packages (python 3.5)
(pip-freeze) $ python3 -m pip freeze

I found this bug already reported here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/python-pip/+bug/1635463 and I also opened an issue here: https://github.com/pypa/pip/issues/4668/.

I just expected a "pip freeze" to output nothing in a newly created venv.

It looks like pip freeze expect pkg_resource to be in setuptools, not
packaged separately. I searched a bit and can't find why it gets
separated from setuptools on Debian. I does *not* looks like a
"vendorized" version of something: it looks to lie in setuptools from
the beginning:

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 9.1
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable'), (500, 'oldstable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 4.9.0-3-amd64 (SMP w/8 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8) (ignored: LC_ALL set to en_US.utf8), LANGUAGE=en_US:en (charmap=UTF-8) (ignored: LC_ALL set to en_US.utf8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages python-pip-whl depends on:
ii  ca-certificates  20161130+nmu1

python-pip-whl recommends no packages.

python-pip-whl suggests no packages.

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Julien Palard
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