Where to look for logs

All logs of operations are in the “Logs” tab of the code environment. If the error happens while you are not in a code environment, you may need to look in the backend logs. See Diagnosing and debugging issues

Creation or package installation fails with gcc error

In most cases, this kind of error is due to missing system development headers.

Python.h not found

If you get this error, you need to install the Python development headers system package which matches the version of Python for this code env.


System packages can only be installed by system administrators. The following instructions require shell access to the machine hosting DSS with sudo privileges.

In most cases, the name of the development package for a given version of Python can be obtained by appending “-devel” (for RHEL-like systems) or “-dev” (for Debian-like systems) to the name of the system package which provides Python itself.

The following examples provide the corresponding instructions for the standard versions of Python 3.x which are installed by the DSS installer.

RHEL / CentOS / Oracle Linux

# System development tools
sudo yum groupinstall "Development Tools"

# RHEL/CentOS/Oracle Linux 7.x (Python 3.6)
sudo yum install python3-devel

# RHEL/CentOS/Oracle Linux 8.x (Python 3.6)
sudo yum install python36-devel

Debian / Ubuntu

# System development tools
sudo apt-get install build-essential

# Ubuntu 16.04/18.04 (Python 3.6)
sudo apt-get install python3.6-dev

# Ubuntu 20.04 / Debian 10 (Python 3.7)
sudo apt-get install python3.7-dev

Amazon Linux 2

# System development tools
sudo yum groupinstall "Development Tools"

# Python 3.7
sudo yum install python3-devel

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15

# System development tools
sudo zypper install -t pattern devel_basis

# Python 3.6
sudo zypper install python3-devel


First, download and install Xcode and then its Command Line Tools on the terminal.

xcode-select --install

Note that macOS default python is Python 2.7. If you need Python 3.6 or 3.7, you will need to install it. Several options are possible such as or Pyenv.

Other .h file not found

This error generally means that you need to install the development headers system package for the mentioned library. This package can only be installed by your system administrator. The name of the package is generally libsomething-dev or something-devel

Creation of code environments fails with : No module named ‘distutils.spawn’

On some Ubuntu systems, the “distutils.spawn” Python module, which is a standard part of Python (though considered “legacy” in Python 3) is packaged independently of Python 3 itself.

This module is required by virtualenv however. If it is not present, creation of virtualenv-based code environments will fail with: ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'distutils.spawn'

You need to install the python3-distutils system package:

# apt-get install python3-distutils