Author Igor Filatov
Recipients Igor Filatov
Date 2017-09-05.20:11:57
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ensurepip runs pip with a function that discards the result code that pip produces:

    def _run_pip(args, additional_paths=None):
        # ...

pip.main() is designed not to raise command exceptions. Instead it returns exit codes which are to be passed to sys.exit(). Since ensurepip does not process the return value of pip.main() in any way, python -m ensurepip always exits with 0 on such exceptions (even though there's a stack trace, printing of which is handled by pip). EC should be 0 only in case of success.

This is an issue in venv because it runs ensurepip in a subprocess and cannot detect a failure:

    def _setup_pip(self, context):
        # ...
        cmd = [context.env_exe, '-Im', 'ensurepip', '--upgrade',
        subprocess.check_output(cmd, stderr=subprocess.STDOUT)

And this leads to broken venvs in some cases. The easiest way to reproduce:

    $ mkdir venv-test
    $ cd venv-test/
    $ echo garbage > setup.cfg
    $ python3 -m venv broken
    $ broken/bin/pip
    bash: broken/bin/pip: No such file or directory

There are no errors until you need pip. The culprit is this:

    $ broken/bin/python -Im ensurepip --upgrade --default-pip
    Ignoring indexes:
    Collecting setuptools
    Collecting pip
    Collecting pkg_resources
    Installing collected packages: setuptools, pip, pkg-resources
    Traceback (most recent call last):
      File "/tmp/tmpgjpdbf_e/pip-8.1.1-py2.py3-none-any.whl/pip/", line 209, in main
        status =, args)
      File "/tmp/tmpgjpdbf_e/pip-8.1.1-py2.py3-none-any.whl/pip/commands/", line 335, in run
      File "/tmp/tmpgjpdbf_e/pip-8.1.1-py2.py3-none-any.whl/pip/req/", line 732, in install
      File "/tmp/tmpgjpdbf_e/pip-8.1.1-py2.py3-none-any.whl/pip/req/", line 837, in install
        self.move_wheel_files(self.source_dir, root=root, prefix=prefix)
      File "/tmp/tmpgjpdbf_e/pip-8.1.1-py2.py3-none-any.whl/pip/req/", line 1039, in move_wheel_files
      File "/tmp/tmpgjpdbf_e/pip-8.1.1-py2.py3-none-any.whl/pip/", line 247, in move_wheel_files
      File "/tmp/tmpgjpdbf_e/pip-8.1.1-py2.py3-none-any.whl/pip/", line 141, in distutils_scheme
      File "/usr/lib/python3.5/distutils/", line 395, in parse_config_files
      File "/usr/lib/python3.5/", line 696, in read
        self._read(fp, filename)
      File "/usr/lib/python3.5/", line 1077, in _read
        raise MissingSectionHeaderError(fpname, lineno, line)
    configparser.MissingSectionHeaderError: File contains no section headers.
    file: 'setup.cfg', line: 1

But any other exception during pip any_command would've had the same effect. This is hard to diagnose because no output is produced by subprocess due to the exception. 

ensurepip should propagate the code returned by pip and pass it to sys.exit(). Alternatively ensurepip can have it's own EC for cases when pip.main(args) != 0.
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