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How to Fix error: command 'gcc' failed with exit status 1

If you get this error like I did when installing a python virtual environment, do the following on the command line:

sudo apt-get install python2.7-dev

And continue to install the virtual environment:

# install python dev
sudo apt-get install python2.7-dev
# install easy_install
wget http://python-distribute.org/distribute_setup.py
sudo python distribute_setup.py
# pip install virtualenv
sudo easy_install pip
sudo pip install virtualenv
sudo pip install virtualenvwrapper


  1. Hi! I have this problem but on mac! Can you help me?

  2. Look closely at the error log, what do you see causing the command 'gcc' failed with exit status 1 error?