Python Module ‘distutilis_hack’

I was looking through my pip list and cleaning all my third party modules when I came across a module named ‘distutils_hack’. I don’t remember installing this, is this something I should be concerned about? The version I was using was Python 3.9.

Thanks

Answer

It’s used by setuptools to replace the stdlib distutils with setuptools’ bundled distutils library. This github issue has more info on why that is necessary.

Source Code: https://github.com/pypa/setuptools/blob/main/_distutils_hack/__init__.py