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I have a frequent issue with python packages, in this case with conda updating packages:

ipython update

user:~$ conda update ipython

Proceed ([y]/n)? y

Fetching packages ... Error: Could not open u'/home/user/anaconda/pkgs/ipython-2.3.1-py27_0.tar.bz2.part' for writing (seek).00 B/s

ipython notebook update

user:~$ pip install "ipython[notebook]"

--upgrade Downloading/unpacking ipython[notebook] from https://pypi.python.org/packages/2.7/i/ipython/ipython-2.3.1-py27-none-any.whl#md5=14b9c7c5280ded28777559c434947573 Downloading ipython-2.3.1-py27-none-any.whl (2.8MB): 2.8MB downloaded ...

OSError: [Errno 13] Permission denied: '/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/ipython-1.2.1.egg-info'

Storing debug log for failure in /home/user/.pip/pip.log

conda update setuptools

user:~$ conda update setuptools

Fetching package metadata: .. ... Proceed ([y]/n)? y

Fetching packages ... Error: Could not open u'/home/user/anaconda/pkgs/setuptools-7.0-py27_0.tar.bz2.part' for writing (seek).0 B/s user:~$Fetching package metadata: .. ...

Possible Hint:

This could be related to other issue accessing these packages from python script:

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/27413162/some-python-modules-available-only-with-sudo-others-only-without

Any ideas?

  • Have you tried using sudo before each command? I.e sudo pip install "ipython[notebook]" – Rickard B Dec 22 '14 at 22:52
  • $ sudo conda update setuptools ==> sudo: conda: command not found $sudo which conda update setuptools ==> Error: Could not open u'/home/user/anaconda/pkgs/setuptools-7.0-py27_0.tar.bz2.part' for writing (seek).0 B/s – AJN Dec 23 '14 at 1:01
  • hmm, have you tried to reinstall it? It worked directly for me on one machine and on a VM I had to do a link from ~/anaconda/bin/conda to /usr/local/bin to get it to work. You can do a hardlink with sudo ln ~/anaconda/bin/conda /usr/local/bin/ – Rickard B Dec 27 '14 at 23:37
  • Thanks Richard. Indeed the problem was solved by cleaning /tmp from previous failed installations and by uninstalling (pip uninstall) packages mentioned in the permission errors (many packages involved) and reinstalling them (pip install) – AJN Dec 28 '14 at 6:16
  • Richard, if you repost your comment as an answer I would mark it as an answered. – AJN Dec 28 '14 at 6:21
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Have you tried to reinstall it? It worked directly for me on one machine and on a VM I had to do a link from ~/anaconda/bin/conda to /usr/local/bin to get it to work. You can do a hardlink with sudo ln ~/anaconda/bin/conda /usr/local/bin/

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