Many tools in ROS use pip (or easy_install), which are popular package manager tools used with Python-based code. This page collects tips for customizing these tools.
pip is available as python-pip with apt-get:
If "pip" was not found, you can install it in two ways:
1. For Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and Debian 6 or later, pip can be installed with the package python-pip:
sudo apt-get install python-pip
On other/older Operating systems, you can use easy_install to install pip. This will also get you the latest version of pip on Ubuntu.
sudo easy_install pip
3. For older versions or other Linux distributions, you can download pip's installation script and run it with:
sudo curl https://raw.github.com/pypa/pip/master/contrib/get-pip.py | python
Updating all pip-installed packages
Use recipes that you find on the internet, such as yolk:
easy_install (Do not use)
easy_install is no longer maintained and much less powerful and user-friendly than pip.
If you do use easy_install, always pass the -U option:
$ sudo easy_install -U ...
Configuring easy_install to install locally
To configure easy_install to install software to your home directory (instead of a system-wide directory) create ~/.pydistutils.cfg and add the following content:
Then add ~/.local/bin to your PATH: