I recently setup a new Ubuntu 16.04.2 machine. I'm trying to install some python packages, but all the packages are getting installed at /usr/local/lib/python2.7.10/bin instead of /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin.

Installing collected packages: git-review

  changing mode of /usr/local/lib/python2.7.10/bin/git-review to 755
Successfully installed git-review-1.25.0

What's the problem here?

  • Does running git review work? Feb 14, 2017 at 22:46
  • No, I had to manually invoke it from /usr/local/lib/python2.7.10/bin/git-review.
    – ronakg
    Feb 14, 2017 at 22:48
  • /usr/bin shouldn't be used because it's used only for dpkg/Apt packages. Does pip install --install-option="--prefix=/usr/local/bin" git-review put it in /usr/local/bin and have it working correctly? Feb 14, 2017 at 22:55
  • Nope. It still goes at the same location.
    – ronakg
    Feb 14, 2017 at 23:15
  • OK, I found a slightly-different option that works here. Try my answer below. Feb 14, 2017 at 23:32

2 Answers 2


Open a terminal and run:

pip uninstall git-review
sudo pip uninstall git-review
sudo pip install --prefix /usr/local git-review
git review --version

The last command should output something like git-review version 1.25.0.

  • 1
    That did work, but now I'm getting another error. $ git review Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/local/bin/git-review", line 7, in <module> from git_review.cmd import main ImportError: No module named git_review.cmd
    – ronakg
    Feb 15, 2017 at 0:51
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    Sorry, I'm not seeing that, so I'm not sure how to fix it. Feb 15, 2017 at 23:00
  • Actually I removed the installed pip using sudo apt remove python-pip and then reinstalled pip according to instructions here - pip.pypa.io/en/stable/installing
    – ronakg
    Feb 15, 2017 at 23:26
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    Its use is cautioned there: Be cautious if you're using a Python install that's managed by your operating system or another package manager. get-pip.py does not coordinate with those tools, and may leave your system in an inconsistent state. Feb 15, 2017 at 23:30
  • Yes exactly @chai-t-rex.
    – ronakg
    Feb 16, 2017 at 18:44

I had to remove the pip package that was installed by apt.

sudo apt remove python-pip

And then install pip again according to instructions on their website - https://pip.pypa.io/en/stable/installing/.

wget https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py
sudo python get-pip.py

Looks like pip from Ubuntu's default repository is not same as one distributed by pypi.

  • 1
    You can do the last part without a temporary file with sudo python <(wget -O- https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py 2>/dev/null) May 31, 2018 at 18:10
  • 1
    OMG! Jesus christ ubuntu
    – Jakobovski
    Nov 5, 2018 at 9:07

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