Luis U. Luis U. - 10 months ago 155
Python Question

"OSError: [Errno 1] Operation not permitted" when installing Scrapy in OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) (System Integrity Protection)

I'm trying to install Scrapy Python framework in OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) via pip. The installation script downloads the required modules and at some point returns the following error:

OSError: [Errno 1] Operation not permitted: '/tmp/pip-nIfswi-uninstall/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/Extras/lib/python/six-1.4.1-py2.7.egg-info'

I've tried to deactivate the rootless feature in OSX 10.11 with the command:

sudo nvram boot-args="rootless=0";sudo reboot

but I still get the same error when the machine reboots.

Any clue or idea from my fellow StackExchangers?

If it helps, the full script output is the following:

sudo -s pip install scrapy
Collecting scrapy
Downloading Scrapy-1.0.2-py2-none-any.whl (290kB)
100% |████████████████████████████████| 290kB 345kB/s
Requirement already satisfied (use --upgrade to upgrade): cssselect>=0.9 in /Library/Python/2.7/site-packages (from scrapy)
Requirement already satisfied (use --upgrade to upgrade): queuelib in /Library/Python/2.7/site-packages (from scrapy)
Requirement already satisfied (use --upgrade to upgrade): pyOpenSSL in /System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/Extras/lib/python (from scrapy)
Collecting w3lib>=1.8.0 (from scrapy)
Downloading w3lib-1.12.0-py2.py3-none-any.whl
Collecting lxml (from scrapy)
Downloading lxml-3.4.4.tar.gz (3.5MB)
100% |████████████████████████████████| 3.5MB 112kB/s
Collecting Twisted>=10.0.0 (from scrapy)
Downloading Twisted-15.3.0.tar.bz2 (4.4MB)
100% |████████████████████████████████| 4.4MB 94kB/s
Collecting six>=1.5.2 (from scrapy)
Downloading six-1.9.0-py2.py3-none-any.whl
Requirement already satisfied (use --upgrade to upgrade): zope.interface>=3.6.0 in /System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/Extras/lib/python (from Twisted>=10.0.0->scrapy)
Requirement already satisfied (use --upgrade to upgrade): setuptools in /System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/Extras/lib/python (from zope.interface>=3.6.0->Twisted>=10.0.0->scrapy)
Installing collected packages: six, w3lib, lxml, Twisted, scrapy
Found existing installation: six 1.4.1
DEPRECATION: Uninstalling a distutils installed project (six) has been deprecated and will be removed in a future version. This is due to the fact that uninstalling a distutils project will only partially uninstall the project.
Uninstalling six-1.4.1:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/Library/Python/2.7/site-packages/pip-7.1.0-py2.7.egg/pip/", line 223, in main
status =, args)
File "/Library/Python/2.7/site-packages/pip-7.1.0-py2.7.egg/pip/commands/", line 299, in run
File "/Library/Python/2.7/site-packages/pip-7.1.0-py2.7.egg/pip/req/", line 640, in install
File "/Library/Python/2.7/site-packages/pip-7.1.0-py2.7.egg/pip/req/", line 726, in uninstall
File "/Library/Python/2.7/site-packages/pip-7.1.0-py2.7.egg/pip/req/", line 125, in remove
renames(path, new_path)
File "/Library/Python/2.7/site-packages/pip-7.1.0-py2.7.egg/pip/utils/", line 314, in renames
shutil.move(old, new)
File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/", line 302, in move
copy2(src, real_dst)
File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/", line 131, in copy2
copystat(src, dst)
File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/", line 103, in copystat
os.chflags(dst, st.st_flags)
OSError: [Errno 1] Operation not permitted: '/tmp/pip-nIfswi-uninstall/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/Extras/lib/python/six-1.4.1-py2.7.egg-info'

Thank you!

Answer Source
pip install --ignore-installed six

Would do the trick.