Python 2 distutils –user install on SUSE etc.

When trying to use distutils on cluster for morfessor-2.0.1:

setup.py install --user
error: can't combine user with with prefix/exec_prefix/home or install_(plat)base

Of course I do not have any of the said settings or targets there so something must’ve gone wrong. Solution from https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4495120/combine-user-with-prefix-error-with-setup-py-install: suse has this default in /usr/lib64/python2.6/distutils/distutils.cfg for site configuration which must be deleted using dotfile ~/pydistutils.cfg:

[install]
prefix=