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Status Not under consideration
Workspace Watson Studio
Components Watson Studio
Created by Guest
Created on Nov 12, 2021

Python packages installed by the Data Scientist are not persistently stored in the WSUSER home directory like in RStudio

When a runtime environment is stopped, the installed Python packages are also deleted. And you have to install the packages again when starting the runtime environment or after starting by Python program. This can take a long time for some packages. It would be better, as with RStudio, if the packages were stored persistently in the WSUSER home directory.

Needed By Not sure -- Just thought it was cool
  • Guest
    Feb 7, 2022

    Hi Snehal,

    thx for your answer. What exactly is the architectural difference between RStudio and Notebooks/JupyterLab? As far as I know Jupyterlab have also a persistent folder, where data and notebooks are stored? Why not for pyhton packages?

    Could you please technically explain why this is not possible? The option "https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/cloud-paks/cp-data/4.0?topic=pip-customizing#pip-from-service-storage" need CPD admin role which not every data scientist have

  • Admin
    Snehal Gawas
    Dec 21, 2021

    RStudio has a different architecture with home folders for user. Notebooks and JupyterLab doesn't have this and we do not plan to introduce it. Instead there is already a way for CPD admins to store python customization in shared folders - https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/cloud-paks/cp-data/4.0?topic=pip-customizing#pip-from-service-storage

  • Guest
    Nov 21, 2021

    Hi Snehal, thanks for the answer. Creating a custom image always requires the intervention of an administrator. We would like to run the analytical applications on CP4D as a self service platform, where the data scientist can install and manage the packages themselves. Is there a reason not to store the Python packages in the home directory - like in RStudio? In RStudio the Data Science colleagues manage the packages with renv and the packages are stored in the wsuser home directory.

  • Admin
    Snehal Gawas
    Nov 17, 2021

    User can use custom images to avoid Installing packges with runtime start.

    Docs -

    https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/cloud-paks/cp-data/4.0?topic=environments-customizing