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pip install UnicodeDecodeError

When I’m trying to install beautifulsoup4 on my new notebook (Win 7 64) using pip, I get this error:

Cleaning up...
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:Python27libsite-packagespipbasecommand.py", line 122, in main
    status = self.run(options, args)
  File "C:Python27libsite-packagespipcommandsinstall.py", line 278, in run

    requirement_set.prepare_files(finder, force_root_egg_info=self.bundle, bundl
  File "C:Python27libsite-packagespipreq.py", line 1234, in prepare_files
  File "C:Python27libsite-packagespipreq.py", line 464, in assert_source_ma
    % (display_path(self.source_dir), version, self))
UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0x9e in position 58: ordinal
 not in range(128)

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:Python27librunpy.py", line 162, in _run_module_as_main
    "__main__", fname, loader, pkg_name)
  File "C:Python27librunpy.py", line 72, in _run_code
    exec code in run_globals
  File "C:Python27Scriptspip.exe__main__.py", line 9, in <module>
  File "C:Python27libsite-packagespip__init__.py", line 185, in main
    return command.main(cmd_args)
  File "C:Python27libsite-packagespipbasecommand.py", line 161, in main
    text = 'n'.join(complete_log)
UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0x9e in position 73: ordinal
 not in range(128)

I use: pip install beautifulsoup4 command

Do you have an idea where could be the problem?

PS: The notebook was used for presentations before get it, so there are programs in multiple languages installed.

Asked By: Milano


Answer #1:

This is because your current working directory contains non-ascii characters. E.g.:

$ pwd
$ /home/abuser/????????

This issue is still present in pip 1.5.6 and this is awful. So, you can avoid patching pip and just change your working dir.

Answered By: oblalex

Answer #2:

Or simply, you can run the following command on your system right before pip install, and voila:

export LC_ALL="en_US.UTF-8"
Answered By: sherifzain

Answer #3:

This is a known issue with pip with an unreleased (as of 26/11/2014) fix. Since you are using Python 2.7, you can manually patch pip for now.

Answered By: gwg

Answer #4:

In my case it was caused because where were non US-ASCII letters in requirements.txt

Answered By: Matt

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