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How to fix error: subprocess-exited-with-error?

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As easy a language as Python is, it isn’t immune to bugs and glitches from time to time, not to mention simple mistakes that beginners often make when writing scripts. 

This article discusses the “error: subprocess-exited-with-error” issue, what causes it, and how you can fix the problem.

What causes this issue?

The error is usually caused when there’s an issue building a wheel file or installing a library using Pip. There can be several reasons behind this.

  • Outdated Python version.
  • Outdated Pip version.
  • The environment or hardware isn’t supported.

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How to fix this?

Here are three fixes you can try out. 

Update Python and Pip

Python and its package manager Pip both get frequent updates. Using an older version can lead to problems when installing external packages like Wheel. 

While updating Python is as simple as running the command in the fix mentioned above, you can update pip by typing the following command in a terminal.

pip install upgrade
Error: Invalid command 'bdist_wheel': 5 Fixes

Ensure Python version compatibility

Another thing to check for is whether or not the package you’re using supports the version of Python you’re running. If you’re unsure, you can head to the PyPI website and look for your package, provided you used PyPi to download the package in the first place. 

Once there, check the Python version required for the package. If running an older version, update your Python installation and try again. 

Update Pip dependencies

There’s also a chance that Pip’s dependencies may be causing problems. To ensure everything’s up to date, you can update setuptools and wheel using these commands once you’ve updated Pip.

pip install –upgrade wheel 
pip install –upgrade setuptools

Also read: How to fix Fatal error: Python.h: No such file or directory?


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