I tried installing anaconda3 today but was returned the following error message:

Preparing transaction: done
Executing transaction: / WARNING conda.core.envs_manager:register_env(46): Unable to register environment. Path not writable or missing.
  environment location: /home/hshows/anaconda3
  registry file: /home/hshows/.conda/environments.txt
installation finished.
Do you wish the installer to initialize Anaconda3
by running conda init? [yes|no]

I'm a stark raving noob at ubuntu so I'm not sure where to start with resolving this issue.



It seems anaconda installed properly (e.g. I am able to open a jupyter notebook), however I still would like to understand the "warning" mentioned above. Additionally when I open a new terminal now I get the word (base) in front of my terminal prompt--is this perhaps related to the warning?

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It seems it is an error with the anaconda installer, reported here :


The suggested fix is to manually create the ~/.conda folder before running the installer. The GitHub issues indicates this is fixed but I had the same error today installing miniconda3.

One of the maintainers indicated that the miniconda installer will be updated within 1-2 weeks. The Anaconda installer is already fixed.


The base terminal prompt issue has nothing to due with the error message and can be resolved by setting:

conda config --set auto_activate_base false
  • Thank you Kulfy for the correction.
    – Eagle_Mike
    Sep 27, 2019 at 18:50

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