I am tring to create a new plone environment using python plone-devstart.py tool. I got a bootstrap error. So i used a command bin/python bootstrap.py -d from my project directory. It(bin/python bootstrap.py -d command) worked fine before But now i got an error like

oomsys@oomsysmob-6:~/demobrun$ bin/python bootstrap.py -d
Downloading http://pypi.python.org/packages/source/d/distribute/distribute-  
Extracting in /tmp/tmpDqVwYA
Now working in /tmp/tmpDqVwYA/distribute-0.6.49
Building a Distribute egg in /tmp/tmpv4Bzyv
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "bootstrap.py", line 118, in <module>
ws.require('zc.buildout' + VERSION)
File "build/bdist.linux-i686/egg/pkg_resources.py", line 698, in require
File "build/bdist.linux-i686/egg/pkg_resources.py", line 600, in resolve
pkg_resources.VersionConflict: (setuptools 0.6c11 (/home/oomsys/demobrun  

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You seem to be working in a virtualenv located in /home/oomsys/demobrun. The error message is stating that setuptools is of version 0.6c11, where 0.7 or higher is required. You can use pip to upgrade the package to the current release:

pip install --upgrade setuptools
  • What about my use case where I'm not working in a virtualenv? I'm having the same issue. the only way for me to work around this error was to force zc.buildout to use an older version.
    – Andre
    Jul 21, 2013 at 21:40
  • @Andre No. Just do sudo pip install --upgrade setuptools to install the site-packages Python package (note the sudo!). The Ubuntu installed setuptools package is in dist-packages still and you can manage site-packages using pip and dist-packages using apt-get.
    – gertvdijk
    Jul 21, 2013 at 21:41

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