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Fixing error on Debian 11: No module named py_compile

The root cause of an error is: /usr/bin/python3.9: No module named py_compile.

This will prevent python3 packages from installing as the dpkg errors out during configuration.

A more complete error example, will look something like this:

Setting up python3.9-minimal (3.9.2-1) …
/usr/bin/python3.9: can’t open file ‘/usr/lib/python3.9/’: [Errno
2] No such file or directory
dpkg: error processing package python3.9-minimal (–configure):
installed python3.9-minimal package post-installation script subprocess return
ed error exit status 2
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

/usr/bin/python3.9: No module named py_compile

Regardless of the package name, missing the py_compile will give plenty of issues. Here comes an easy fix.

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