Author Jonathon Reinhart
Recipients Denis.Barmenkov, Jonathon Reinhart, aikinci, arekm, bbi5291, christian.heimes, eric.araujo, georg.brandl, grahamd, loewis, nadeem.vawda, ned.deily, neologix, serhiy.storchaka, tarek, vstinner, xuanji, zaytsev
Date 2016-01-05.03:10:54
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I have another scenario where this happens: Running Python in a Docker container, passing the --user option to 'docker run'. This sets the UID in the container, which has its own /etc/passwd. Couple this with the fact that $HOME might not be set (e.g. when Python is invoked from SCons which deliberately clears the environment for sub-processes), and *boom*, Python is non-functional.

Regardless of where the fix is done, the ideal behavior is straightforward: if Python can't determine the home directory, don't try to add user site packages.

This bug is now over 5 years old, and people have identified real-life various scenarios where this bug manifests itself, and submitted patches. Could we please address this?
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