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Discussion on: Stop using sudo pip install

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Tamir Bahar

When would a pip install --user not suffice instead of a global install?

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Matt Hutchison

We see it when we're installing an application that will be used by another user account, since ~/.local/lib (or the equivalent) isn't shared. This is pretty rare in a development environment, but it comes up frequently in an administered multi-user setup (say a shared workstation or batch cluster). Sometimes service accounts as well depending on what they're doing.