Mind-boggling, I know, but having never actually run into this before I thought you could at least force the uninstallation process through
pip somehow, but it turns out that you can’t:
This is the case both under the
root user or any other user who can leverage
sudo to try and perform the uninstallation. The only way seems to be to go and muck around in
rm -rf, but even if I know exactly what I need to uninstall, then doing that just seems like a recipe for disaster.