Thank you for the info. I've uninstalled pybombs everywhere, so I should be "clean" again.

I tried running your two easy_install commands and got an unexpected result:
jmat@jmat:~/Downloads$ easy_install --version
usage: easy_install [options] requirement_or_url ...
   or: easy_install --help

error: invalid command 'easy_install'
jmat@jmat:~/Downloads$ sudo easy_install --version
setuptools 28.3.0 from /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages (Python 2.7)

I sort of figured that the non-sudo version would give some sort of result based on your email. Does this tell us something?


On 10/12/2016 02:58 PM, Nicholas McCarthy wrote:
So.... If I look at sys.path in python, I do see
(and I didn't do anything special to make this happen.)

Also, which pybombs points to

And my install location for pybombs is

From the standpoint of a fresh install (which you certainly no longer have), I think the problem comes in when you fail to have permissions on the pybombs bin... I suspect that's something to do with your weird sudo script and not pip or pybombs, but I'm not sure.

If you could get back to the state you were in after your initial attempt to install, I'd like to know the value of your sys.path in python.

Right now, you have a frankenbuild for pybombs thanks to running sudo with the --user flag... I would uninstall that, for sure and get to where you have no pybombs installed anywhere.

So... as for why you can't pip install pybombs (no sudo)... this has to be a setuptools thing.

Maybe try
easy_install --version
sudo easy_install --version

to see if there's a difference. Because your sudo is broken, you may have to do a lot of "sudo which blah" and "which blah" to find out what your problem is.

You can probably try an install without any sudo use by first sudo apt-get remove --purge pip and then downloading and using Then just pip install pybombs (no flags, no sudo, no nothing)... and try that one.

Nick M.

On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 1:13 PM Jason Matusiak < <>> wrote:

    Hi Nick!
    I did.  When I run it I get:
    Requirement already up-to-date: setuptools in

    I am not on a thin client, I am on a fresh load of 16.04 on an
    actual PC.  I do believe that sudo isn't actually sudo, but a
    script.  That said, I wasn't having sudo issues before I reloaded
    my machine (which was running 14.04).


    On 10/12/2016 01:04 PM, Nicholas McCarthy wrote:
    Jason, did you try
    pip install --upgrade setuptools

    as a first step?  Are you running on a special setup such as a
    patchwork virtual machine being served to you on a thinclient
    with f**ed permissions?

    Nick M.

    On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 10:38 AM Jason Matusiak
    <>> wrote:

        > Hi Marcus, The reason I went with sudo was because it was
        erroring outif I didn't:

        > $ pip install -I --user pybombs
        > Collecting pybombs
        >   Using cached PyBOMBS-2.2.0.tar.gz
        >     Complete output from command python egg_info:

        > /usr/lib/python2.7/distutils/ UserWarning:
        Unknowndistribution option: 'entry_points'

        >       warnings.warn(msg)

        > /usr/lib/python2.7/distutils/ UserWarning:
        Unknowndistribution option: 'install_requires'

        >       warnings.warn(msg)
        >     usage: -c [global_opts] cmd1 [cmd1_opts] [cmd2 [cmd2_opts] ...]
        >        or: -c --help [cmd1 cmd2 ...]
        >        or: -c --help-commands
        >        or: -c cmd --help
        >     error: invalid command 'egg_info'
        >     ----------------------------------------

        > Command "python egg_info" failed with error code 1 in

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        water, what is the next best (approved) way of installing
        GnuRadio?  Doing it by hand from the github clone?
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