AttributeError: module ‘importlib’ has no attribute ‘util’

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I’ve just upgraded from Fedora 32 to Fedora 33 (which comes with Python 3.9). Since then gcloud command stopped working:

[guy@Gandalf32 ~]$ gcloud 
Error processing line 3 of /home/guy/.local/lib/python3.9/site-packages/XStatic-1.0.2-py3.9-nspkg.pth:

  Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "/usr/lib64/python3.9/", line 169, in addpackage
    File "<string>", line 1, in <module>
    File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 562, in module_from_spec
  AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'loader'

Remainder of file ignored
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib64/google-cloud-sdk/lib/", line 104, in <module>
  File "/usr/lib64/google-cloud-sdk/lib/", line 62, in main
    from googlecloudsdk.core.util import encoding
  File "/usr/lib64/google-cloud-sdk/lib/googlecloudsdk/", line 23, in <module>
    from googlecloudsdk.core.util import importing
  File "/usr/lib64/google-cloud-sdk/lib/googlecloudsdk/core/util/", line 23, in <module>
    import imp
  File "/usr/lib64/python3.9/", line 23, in <module>
    from importlib import util
  File "/usr/lib64/python3.9/importlib/", line 2, in <module>
    from . import abc
  File "/usr/lib64/python3.9/importlib/", line 17, in <module>
    from typing import Protocol, runtime_checkable
  File "/usr/lib64/python3.9/", line 26, in <module>
    import re as stdlib_re  # Avoid confusion with the re we export.
  File "/usr/lib64/python3.9/", line 124, in <module>
    import enum
  File "/usr/lib64/google-cloud-sdk/lib/third_party/enum/", line 26, in <module>
    spec = importlib.util.find_spec('enum')
AttributeError: module 'importlib' has no attribute 'util'


Update from GCP support

GCP support mentioned that the new version 318.0.0 released on 2020.11.10 should support python 3.9

I updated my gcloud sdk to 318.0.0 and now looks like python 3.9.0 is supported.

To fix this issue run

gcloud components update

Fedora 33 includes python 2.7 and to force GCloud SDK to use it please set this environment variable

export CLOUDSDK_PYTHON=python2

You can add this export command to your ~/.bash_profile

Python 3.9 is very new and is expected that Gcloud SDK does not support 3.9, it is written to be compatible with 2.7.x & 3.6 – 3.8 (3.8 can cause some compat issues I recommend to use 3.7)

As a workaround, configure Python 3.8 or 3.7 (these versions work well for Gcloud and most of linux distros) as system wide interpreter and try to use gcloud commands.

Source: stackoverflow