I have a problem setting up a Virtualenv on my web host server (to install python modules later on)

So far I tried this (over SSH):

wget http://pypi.python.org/packages/source/v/virtualenv/virtualenv-1.5.2.tar.gz
tar xzf virtualenv-1.5.2.tar.gz
~/usr/lib/python2.4 virtualenv-1.5.2/virtualenv.py ~/data/env


~/usr/lib/python2.4 setup.py install

I don't get any errors or output and cannot find the ~/data/env-directory that should be created. What is going wrong? Or what is the next step?

  • Why don't you use a binary package? What is your OS/distribution? – Faheem Mitha May 21 '11 at 13:01
  • Why don't use setuptools' easy_install or pip? – neurino May 21 '11 at 13:35

You could try:

$ wget http://pypi.python.org/packages/2.4/s/setuptools/setuptools-0.6c11-py2.4.egg#md5=bd639f9b0eac4c42497034dec2ec0c2b
$ chmod a+x setuptools-0.6c11-py2.4.egg
$ ./setuptools-0.6c11-py2.4.egg
$ easy_install virtualenv
$ cd ~/data
$ virtualenv env
  • It says 'unknown command' when I enter: ./setuptools-0.6c11-py2.4.egg – Wienel May 21 '11 at 18:01
  • @Wienel: have you been able to chmodit? The setuptools egg is no more than a shell script, you have to execute it to install. Is unknown command an error you get executing the egg or is ./setuptools-0.6c11-py2.4.egg being unknown? – neurino May 21 '11 at 19:22
  • Yes, I checked this with a FTP client: I can chmod the file. But I still cannot execute it. – Wienel May 22 '11 at 9:43
  • did you double-checked the file name? Have you got necessary permissions? – neurino May 22 '11 at 18:38

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