phython3-setuptools missing

Asked by Martin Mayer on 2020-10-27


the phython3-setuptools package is missing from the default installation. Could it be added?

I came across this when doing a `meson builddir` for Setzer

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Martin Mayer (martin-mayer) said : #1

PS: I'm on Ubuntu 20.10

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #2

I assume that this is not an Ubuntu problem, but an error in the instructions.

The binary package python3-setuptools does exist for Ubuntu 20.10, see

Have you tried installing it?
sudo apt install python3-setuptools

Martin Mayer (martin-mayer) said : #3


> Have you tried installing it?
>sudo apt install python3-setuptools

Yes, and everthing worked smoothly thereafter.

I was just wondering, whether python3-setuptools should not be intalled by default, if phython3 is intalled?

Best Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #4

Why should Ubuntu install a package by default, if that package is needed only in some installations? Not everybody who installs python3 also needs python3-setuptools.

If there is another software that needs it, then that software has to correctly declare its dependency for automatic installation, or mention it in the installation instructions for a manual install.

I suggest that you report this problem on

Martin Mayer (martin-mayer) said : #5

Okay, thanks for the clarifications and the quick replies!

I had filed an issue here

which for some reason got closed. Perhaps I didn't make
myself clear enough.

All the best

Martin Mayer (martin-mayer) said : #6

Thanks Manfred Hampl, that solved my question.