“Failed building wheel for regex” while installing pip package

I am having issues installing a pip package on Windows 10 WSL running Debian Stretch.

While running sudo pip install invoice2data, with python3-pip installed I run into following errors.

error: command 'x86_64-linux-gnu-gcc' failed with exit status 1

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Failed building wheel for regex
Running setup.py clean for regex
Failed to build regex

x86_64-linux-gnu-gcc -pthread -DNDEBUG -g -fwrapv -O2 -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes -fno-strict-aliasing -Wdate-time -D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2 -g -fdebug-prefix-map=/build/python2.7-2.7.13=. -fstack-protector-strong -Wformat -Werror=format-security -fPIC -I/usr/include/python2.7 -c regex_2/_regex.c -o build/temp.linux-x86_64-2.7/regex_2/_regex.o
regex_2/_regex.c:46:20: fatal error: Python.h: No such file or directory
 #include "Python.h"
                    ^
compilation terminated.
error: command 'x86_64-linux-gnu-gcc' failed with exit status 1


----------------------------------------
Command "/usr/bin/python -u -c "import setuptools, okenize;__file__='/tmp/pip-install-D9zG6P/regex/setup.py';f=getattr(tokenize, 'open', open)(__file__);code=f.read().replace('rn', 'n');f.close();exec(compile(code, __file__, 'exec'))" install --record /tmp/pip-record-0dvlsB/install-record.txt --single-version-externally-managed --compile" failed with error code 1 in /tmp/pip-install-D9zG6P/regex/

Answer

WSL is unrelated to the issue, this is a fairly standard error.

Ensure the following packages are installed. Install them using apt-get install packagename. The issue this particular time was resolved by installing python-dev.

python3
python3-pip
ipython3
build-essential
python-dev
python3-dev

As a single command:

sudo apt-get install python3 python3-pip ipython3 build-essential python-dev python3-dev