Managing Python based applications is made easy with pipx. But I dislike installing pipx via a pip user install, as it results in two python utilities managing packages. So, instead I let pipx manage it’s own updates.
Here’s how we can do it on a Debian system:
$ sudo apt install python3-pip
$ pip install --user pipx
Didn’t we want avoid that? Yes! We’ll clean this up later.
Note the installation output for the packages that were installed. In my case, they were: pyparsing, click, userpath, packaging, argcomplete and pipx.
Ask pipx to install itself:
$ pipx install pipx
Now, we can clean up pip:
$ pip uninstall -y pyparsing click userpath packaging argcomplete pipx $ sudo apt uninstall python3-pip --autoremove --purge
If you are obsessed like me, you can also clean up the site packages directory. Only do this after verifying that it is empty.
$ rm -r ~/.local/lib/python3.9/site-packages
In my case, it was safe to remove
As there already was a pipx in
~/.local/binfrom the pip install, pipx doesn’t create a symlink in
~/.local/binwhen we did step 3. We need to manually do this:
$ ln -sf ~/.local/pipx/venvs/pipx/bin/pipx ~/.local/bin/
That’s it! Now we can manage packages with pipx, like:
$ pipx install neovim-remote
Upgrading all packages is trivial:
$ pipx upgrade-all