quick reminder post: pip install prefix

Say you want to install a python package using pip, but you don’t have sudo privileges or root, so you can’t use your site-packages directory, and instead you want to specify some directory below ~. For some reason, the man page for pip does not have the syntax to do this, so I’ll leave it here:

pip install --install-option="--prefix=/path/to/prefix/dir" foo

This works nicely on SciNet, in conjunction with their advice about setting up a local python package directory.