[arch-general] python-cmake?

Iyán Méndez Veiga me at iyanmv.com
Thu Nov 28 21:47:25 UTC 2019

Thanks for all the answers. So, yes, it is clear that installing cmake with 
pip is a bad idea. By the way, I only use pip in virtualenvs and install 
packages for the whole system with pacman or from PKGBUILDs from AUR.

But let me explain a little bit more the origin of this question, because 
maybe you can also find the problem faster than me. I was trying to find an 
issue trying to compile python-scikit-build.

Note in that the current PKGBUILD in AUR fails because there are some missing 
python2 packages that were removed from official repos. But in the comments, 
@bnavigator left a fixed PKGBUILD. I leave the link here:


Note also that he included a patch from upstream to modify 
platform.linux_distribution() (which was removed in python 3.8) to 

However, when trying to build this package we both get the same error:
TypeError: dist must be a Distribution instance

This is solved, however, when using cmake from pip in a virtualenv.

So maybe this is some issue related to python-setuptools, cmake (or other 
package) from official repos?

Again, thanks for all the answers.

Best wishes,

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