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I am attempting to install django to a virtualenv that already exists.

Following the instructions listed on the pip-install website here, I ran the following from SSH.

name@server:~$ . myenv.env/bin/activate
(myenv.env)nam@server:~$ pip install django

However at the bottom of the installation, I am seeing this:

creating /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/django

error: could not create '/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/django': Permission denied

It appears that it is trying to install it to the global directory. I do not have sudo privileges. Am I doing something wrong here?

Update: $PATH = /var/django/myenv.env/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games

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Does it work correctly for other packages? Do you have the same problem if you use easy_install? –  larsks Jul 26 '13 at 17:28
Same problem with other packages. And I believe easy_install requires sudo and would install into the global directory. –  Luke Sapan Jul 26 '13 at 17:53
Nope, setting up a virtualenv gets you easy_install as well as pip. You can type which easy_install to see if you're using your virtualenv or the system one. –  larsks Jul 26 '13 at 17:55
Actually, are you sure you're running pip from inside the virtualenv? What does which pip yield? And do you see pip inside myenv.env/bin/? –  larsks Jul 26 '13 at 17:56
I do see pip inside of myenv.env/bin/. I just tried "activating" my env again, and despite being in that mode, "which pip" and "which easy_install" both return "usr/local/bin/pip" and "usr/bin/easy_install" respectively. –  Luke Sapan Jul 26 '13 at 18:20

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I had this same problem.

I deleted the virtual environment and created a new one, which solved the problem.

Probably not the answer you were hoping for, but since it's the only one...

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Well without administrative privileges you're very limited on what you are able to do. If you are not allowed to elevate yourself or ask for privileges, the best way I found to go about that would be to create another environment, make a requirements.txt file, download all the packages you need to your machine( django ) that would also be located in your requirements file and it should work.

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I had the same problem and this worked with me. Try sudo pip install django

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Sry @LukeSapan I didn't read your question right "I do not have sudo privileges." –  Abdullah Dec 3 '13 at 11:45

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