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error: command 'gcc' failed with exit status 1 while installing eventlet

Posted by: admin November 1, 2017 Leave a comment


I wanted to install eventlet on my system in order to have “Herd” for software deployment.. but the terminal is showing a gcc error:

  [email protected]:~# easy_install -U eventlet
  Searching for eventlet
  Reading http://pypi.python.org/simple/eventlet/
  Reading http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Eventlet
  Reading http://eventlet.net
   Best match: eventlet 0.9.16
    Processing eventlet-0.9.16-py2.7.egg
    eventlet 0.9.16 is already the active version in easy-install.pth

   Using /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/eventlet-0.9.16-py2.7.egg
 Processing dependencies for eventlet
 Searching for greenlet>=0.3
Reading http://pypi.python.org/simple/greenlet/
Reading https://github.com/python-greenlet/greenlet
Reading http://bitbucket.org/ambroff/greenlet
Best match: greenlet 0.3.4
Downloading http://pypi.python.org/packages/source/g/greenlet/greenlet-   0.3.4.zip#md5=530a69acebbb0d66eb5abd83523d8272
Processing greenlet-0.3.4.zip
Writing /tmp/easy_install-_aeHYm/greenlet-0.3.4/setup.cfg
Running greenlet-0.3.4/setup.py -q bdist_egg --dist-dir /tmp/easy_install-_aeHYm/greenlet-0.3.4/egg-dist-tmp-t9_gbW
In file included from greenlet.c:5:0:
greenlet.h:8:20: fatal error: Python.h: No such file or directory
compilation terminated.
error: Setup script exited with error: command 'gcc' failed with exit status 1`

Why can’t Python.h be found?


Your install is failing because you don’t have the python development headers installed. You can do this through apt on ubuntu/debian with:

sudo apt-get install python-dev 

for python3 use:

sudo apt-get install python3-dev

For eventlet you might also need the libevent libraries installed so if you get an error talking about that you can install libevent with:

sudo apt-get install libevent-dev


For fedora:

sudo yum install python-devel

sudo yum install libevent-devel

and finally:

easy_install gevent


For Redhat Versions(Centos 7) Use below command to install Python Development Package

Python 2.7

sudo yum install python-dev

Python 3.4

sudo yum install python34-devel

Still if your problem not solved then try installing below packages –

sudo yum install libffi-devel

sudo yum install openssl-devel


For openSUSE 42.1 Leap Linux use this

sudo zypper install python3-devel


For CentOS 7.2:

LSB Version:    :core-4.1-amd64:core-4.1-noarch
Distributor ID: CentOS
Description:    CentOS Linux release 7.2.1511 (Core) 
Release:    7.2.1511
Codename:   Core

Install eventlet:

sudo yum install python-devel
sudo easy_install -ZU eventlet

Terminal info:

[[email protected] ~]# easy_install -ZU eventlet
Searching for eventlet
Reading http://pypi.python.org/simple/eventlet/
Best match: eventlet 0.19.0
Downloading https://pypi.python.org/packages/5a/e8/ac80f330a80c18113df0f4f872fb741974ad2179f8c2a5e3e45f40214cef/eventlet-0.19.0.tar.gz#md5=fde857181347d5b7b921541367a99204
Processing eventlet-0.19.0.tar.gz
Running eventlet-0.19.0/setup.py -q bdist_egg --dist-dir /tmp/easy_install-Hh9GQY/eventlet-0.19.0/egg-dist-tmp-rBFoAx
Adding eventlet 0.19.0 to easy-install.pth file

Installed /usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/eventlet-0.19.0-py2.6.egg
Processing dependencies for eventlet
Finished processing dependencies for eventlet


try this :

sudo apt-get install libblas-dev libatlas-base-dev

I had a similar issue on Ubuntu 14.04. For me the following Ubuntu packages


Build from source and install, this is fixed in the latest release (10.3+):

mkdir -p /tmp/install/netifaces/
cd /tmp/install/netifaces && wget -O "netifaces-0.10.4.tar.gz" "https://pypi.python.org/packages/source/n/netifaces/netifaces-0.10.4.tar.gz#md5=36da76e2cfadd24cc7510c2c0012eb1e"
tar xvzf netifaces-0.10.4.tar.gz
cd netifaces-0.10.4 && python setup.py install