How to fix “unknown url type: https” error in easy_install

Question: I am trying to build and install a Python package with easy_install, but I am getting "unknown url type: https" error during package download. How can I fix this error?

A symptom of this error looks like the following.

Download error on http://pypi.python.org/simple/regex/: unknown url type: https -- Some packages may not be found!
Couldn't find index page for 'regex' (maybe misspelled?)

A possible fix to this error is to install SSL development libraries and header files.

On Debian, Ubuntu or Linux Mint:

$ sudo yum install libssl-dev

On CentOS, Fedora or RHEL:

$ sudo yum install openssl-devel

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