kave kave - 2 months ago 13
Python Question

Getting "IOError: [Errno 13] Permission denied:.." when importing pandas.DataFrame

I am getting

IOError: [Errno 13] Permission denied: '/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/python_dateutil-2.2-py2.7.egg/EGG-INFO/top_level.txt'


when I am trying to import pandas. I don't see why. Importing pandas in the python3 console works just fine. Execution of the code is done with Python3 too

start_simulation.py

from Market import Market
from TestingAlgorithm import TestingAlgorithm
from LiteForexHandler import LiteForexHandler
from Broker import Broker
from Portfolio import Portfolio

market = Market('./simulations/', 'test', TestingAlgortihm, LiteForexHandler,
Broker, Portfolio)
market.run()`


Start of LiteForexHandler.py:

import sqlite3 as lite
from pandas import DataFrame
from DataHandler import DataHandler
import logging as log
from collections import defaultdict
...


And, finally the Traceback

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "start_simulation.py", line 3, in <module>
from LiteForexHandler import LiteForexHandler
File "/home/ioan/Dokumente/finance/stocker/LiteForexHandler.py", line 2, in <module>
from pandas import DataFrame
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pandas-0.13.1_501_g4c3b9e5-py2.7-linux-x86_64.egg/pandas/__init__.py", line 38, in <module>
import pandas.core.config_init
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pandas-0.13.1_501_g4c3b9e5-py2.7-linux-x86_64.egg/pandas/core/config_init.py", line 17, in <module>
from pandas.core.format import detect_console_encoding
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pandas-0.13.1_501_g4c3b9e5-py2.7-linux-x86_64.egg/pandas/core/format.py", line 9, in <module>
from pandas.core.index import Index, MultiIndex, _ensure_index
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pandas-0.13.1_501_g4c3b9e5-py2.7-linux-x86_64.egg/pandas/core/index.py", line 11, in <module>
import pandas.index as _index
File "index.pyx", line 34, in init pandas.index (pandas/index.c:15559)
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pytz-2014.2-py2.7.egg/pytz/__init__.py", line 29, in <module>
from pkg_resources import resource_stream
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pkg_resources.py", line 2823, in <module>
add_activation_listener(lambda dist: dist.activate())
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pkg_resources.py", line 710, in subscribe
callback(dist)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pkg_resources.py", line 2823, in <lambda>
add_activation_listener(lambda dist: dist.activate())
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pkg_resources.py", line 2255, in activate
self.insert_on(path)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pkg_resources.py", line 2362, in insert_on
self.check_version_conflict()
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pkg_resources.py", line 2401, in check_version_conflict
for modname in self._get_metadata('top_level.txt'):
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pkg_resources.py", line 2249, in _get_metadata
for line in self.get_metadata_lines(name):
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pkg_resources.py", line 1219, in get_metadata_lines
return yield_lines(self.get_metadata(name))
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pkg_resources.py", line 1211, in get_metadata
return self._get(self._fn(self.egg_info,name))
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pkg_resources.py", line 1326, in _get
stream = open(path, 'rb')
IOError: [Errno 13] Permission denied: '/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/python_dateutil-2.2-py2.7.egg/EGG-INFO/top_level.txt'

Answer

This is a known issue with python-dateutil where the permissions aren't set correctly in the pypi package: https://bugs.launchpad.net/dateutil/+bug/1243202. This isn't a problem with pip because pip normalizes permissions, but if you install it differently you might run into problems.

The easy solution is to run

sudo chmod o+r /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/python_dateutil-2.2-py2.7.egg/EGG-INFO/top_level.txt

and the same command on any other file you encounter with this problem in the dist-packages directory.