If you don't need the python packages for all users then you can install them in your home like this:
pip install --user packagename
Installing in your home will not conflict with the package manager.
pip install --user will install in your "user site" directory. Usually that is something like:
The following command will print, among others, your "user site" location:
python -m site
To customize the install location:
PYTHONUSERBASE=$HOME/some/dir pip install --user packagename
this will install everything under
See the pip manual for more information.
if you do want the python package for all users then the best place to install it is
/opt. for example like this:
PYTHONUSERBASE=/opt/packagedir pip install packagename
(note the missing
and to run, as above:
/opt is commonly acknowledged by gnu/linux distributions as the directory where the local user or system administrator can install his own stuff. in other words: the package manager of distributions usually do not touch
/opt. this is more or less standardized in the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard
For comfort for the users you will still want to write a wrapper script and place it in
/usr/bin. This still bears risk of colliding with the distribution package manager but at least it is just one wrapper script file. So the damage that might be done is minimal. You can name the wrapper script something like
custom-foo to further minimize the risk of collision with the distribution package manager.
Alternatively you can modify
PATH to include
/opt/bin and place your wrapper script there. But this again requires you to modify a (or some) system files where
PATH is defined which again may be overwritten by the distribution package manager.
In short: if you want to install for all users then do so in
/opt. Where you place the wrapper script for comfort is a judgement call.
More Information about
/opt and Filesystem Hierarchy Standard: