python-pip is broken in Ubuntu 14.04

Running pip on my Ubuntu 14.04 box gives the error “ImportError: cannot import name IncompleteRead” when trying to import the requests module. Turns out this is a known bug going back to at least April. It’s subtle though; a different Ubuntu box with the same versions of python-pip and python-requests is fine. It’s apparently a bug in python-requests, see also Migurski’s workaround.

A quick workaround is to remove Ubuntu’s python-pip and install pip manually.