Python pip broken!

I’ve installed python-pip. It was worked before but suddenly pip throwing error!
I can’t able to make any oparation using pip…
here is the error below

[muhammadabir@muhammadabir-pc ~]$ pip -V
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/pip", line 5, in <module>
    from pip._internal.cli.main import main
  File "/usr/lib/python3.10/site-packages/pip/_internal/cli/", line 9, in <module>
    from pip._internal.cli.autocompletion import autocomplete
  File "/usr/lib/python3.10/site-packages/pip/_internal/cli/", line 10, in <module>
    from pip._internal.cli.main_parser import create_main_parser
  File "/usr/lib/python3.10/site-packages/pip/_internal/cli/", line 8, in <module>
    from pip._internal.cli import cmdoptions
  File "/usr/lib/python3.10/site-packages/pip/_internal/cli/", line 22, in <module>
    from pip._vendor.packaging.utils import canonicalize_name
  File "/usr/lib/python3.10/site-packages/pip/_vendor/", line 61, in <module>
  File "/usr/lib/python3.10/site-packages/pip/_vendor/", line 33, in vendored
    __import__(modulename, globals(), locals(), level=0)
  File "/usr/lib/python3.10/site-packages/cachecontrol/", line 9, in <module>
    from .wrapper import CacheControl
  File "/usr/lib/python3.10/site-packages/cachecontrol/", line 1, in <module>
    from .adapter import CacheControlAdapter
  File "/usr/lib/python3.10/site-packages/cachecontrol/", line 5, in <module>
    from requests.adapters import HTTPAdapter
  File "/home/muhammadabir/.local/lib/python3.10/site-packages/requests/", line 63, in <module>
    from . import utils
  File "/home/muhammadabir/.local/lib/python3.10/site-packages/requests/", line 27, in <module>
    from .cookies import RequestsCookieJar, cookiejar_from_dict
  File "/home/muhammadabir/.local/lib/python3.10/site-packages/requests/", line 172, in <module>
    class RequestsCookieJar(cookielib.CookieJar, collections.MutableMapping):
AttributeError: module 'collections' has no attribute 'MutableMapping'
[muhammadabir@muhammadabir-pc ~]$ 

Two questions:

  • Is your system fully up-to-date?
  • Have you been installing things with sudo pip?
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yeah, my system is updated…
just realize it… pip working now with sudo
but is it possible to use pip without sudo

Yes, but I was asking if you had been using sudo pip previously because that could break your python environment(and your ability to update).


As a rule of thumb for me, if unsure about whether a command needs sudo or not, try the command without sudo first. If it works without sudo, never use sudo for that command,

When you first use the command without sudo, If the command needs sudo it will simply tell you so. No harm, no foul. Then simply run the command with sudo.


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Well, no… If a command does not work with sudo that doesn’t mean you should just run it with sudo.

There are certain commands you should never, ever, run with sudo (I call them: sudon't).

For example, a GUI text editor won’t let you edit a root owned file unless you run it with sudo, but you know that you should never do that – never run GUI programs with sudo.

In the case of pip, on Arch Linux (and EndeavourOS) you certainly shouldn’t run it with sudo, ever. Without sudo pip won’t let you globally install Python modules, and that’s the whole point – you shouldn’t be doing that. Instead, you should be using pacman (ALPM) to install all global packages, including Python modules. This way, they won’t be invisible to the ALPM.

The same thing is true for npm (for JavaScript) and gem (for Ruby), as well as any other third party package (module) manager. It is safe to use them to install modules locally, but they shouldn’t be used with sudo to install modules globally. On some distros, like Debian and 'Buntu that’s fine, but on Arch, that can cause serious system misbehaviour that can be very difficult to troubleshoot.

TL;DR: don’t use sudo when you shouldn’t be using sudo, even if the command does not work without sudo. Specifically, don’t use sudo with GUI programs and third party package managers like pip, npm, and gem.


That is golden advice Pudge. So obvious, but so easily overlooked. The problem with trying sudo first, is if it works you would not have known if it was going to work without sudo. And, then as Dalto said with sudo…

which you also would not have known about until it came time to update. I fell into this trap once and it became a nightmare updating and fixing anything that was dependent on pip .

Thanks once again for great advice Pudge.


No, “first try without sudo, and if that fails, try with sudo” is really bad advice, I’m sorry to say. If you follow it literally, you’ll cause yourself quite a few issues.

Please elaborate where trying a priveleged command will result in anything more than permission error. What are those issues you refer to?

I already have.

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I only do this when running a script or app. I do not do this when editing files that have root permissions. For that I only use vi or nano. I guess I wasn’t concise enough.

Been doing this since 2004, no problems yet.


yet being the important word in this case. :wink:

OK, you guys convinced me. I am going back to Windows.