Asked By – maxm
I’m a bit miffed by the python package installation process. Specifically, what’s the difference between packages installed in the dist-packages directory and the site-packages directory?
Now we will see solution for issue: What’s the difference between dist-packages and site-packages?
dist-packages is a Debian-specific convention that is also present in its derivatives, like Ubuntu. Modules are installed to
dist-packages when they come from the Debian package manager into this location:
pip are installed from the package manager, they also use
dist-packages, but they put packages here:
From the Debian Python Wiki:
dist-packages instead of site-packages. Third party Python software
installed from Debian packages goes into dist-packages, not
site-packages. This is to reduce conflict between the system Python,
and any from-source Python build you might install manually.
This means that if you manually compile and install Python interpreter from source, it uses the
site-packages directory. This allows you to keep the two installations separate, especially since Debian and Ubuntu rely on the system version of Python for many system utilities.