Installing Python 2.7.5-1 on AIX 6.1

mhmanarski at gmail.com mhmanarski at gmail.com
Wed Aug 26 20:02:13 CEST 2015


On Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 11:30:15 AM UTC-4, Terry Reedy wrote:
> On 8/26/2015 10:35 AM, Zachary Ware wrote:
> > Hi Mark,
> >
> > On Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 9:03 AM, Manarski, Mark
> >  wrote:
> >> I have downloaded the "python-2.7.5-1.aix6.1.ppc.rpm" package from the IBM
> >> Linux ToolBox site.
> >>
> >> When I try to install the python rpm package, it fails because it's looking
> >> for (7) dependencies listed below.  The dependencies listed do seem to exist
> >> on the server, and I have also successfully installed the openssl-0.9.8zg
> >> package on the server.
> >>
> >> Has anyone successfully installed Python 2.7 on AIX, and if so, did you need
> >> to remediate any of these dependencies?
> >
> > I have absolutely no experience with AIX.  However, I can tell you
> > that none of the 'dependencies' listed below are absolutely necessary.
> >
> >> libcrypto.a(libcrypto.so.0.9.8) is needed by python-2.7.5-1
> >
> > This is used by the hashlib module (and possibly _ssl; I'm not sure).
> >
> >> libexpat.a(libexpat.so.1) is needed by python-2.7.5-1
> >
> > This is used in the xml package.
> >
> >> libgdbm.a(libgdbm.so.3) is needed by python-2.7.5-1
> >
> > Used in the dbm package.
> >
> >> libreadline.a(libreadline.so.6) is needed by python-2.7.5-1
> >
> > Used in the REPL and readline module.
> >
> >> libssl.a(libssl.so.0.9.8) is needed by python-2.7.5-1
> >
> > Used in _ssl.
> >
> >> libtcl8.4.so is needed by python-2.7.5-1
> >> libtk8.4.so is needed by python-2.7.5-1
> 
> 8.4 is more or less obsolete.  8.5 came out 8 years ago and has had many 
> bugs fixed (now at 8.5.18).  8.6 came out 2 years ago and is even better.
> 
> > Used by Tkinter.
> 
> If you want to use tkinter, you should, if possible, start with the 
> latest 8.6.0.4 or whatever.
> 
> > So without those dependencies, those modules won't work, but
> > everything else will.
> >
> > You may have better luck building Python yourself, and you'll get a
> > much newer Python that way.
> 
> And up to date dependencies.
> 
> >  We have an AIX buildbot that may be able
> > to teach you a bit from the logs:
> >
> > configure: http://buildbot.python.org/all/builders/PPC64%20AIX%202.7/builds/1237/steps/configure/logs/stdio
> > compile: http://buildbot.python.org/all/builders/PPC64%20AIX%202.7/builds/1237/steps/compile/logs/stdio
> >
> > Hope this helps,
> >
> 
> 
> -- 
> Terry Jan Reedy

Terry, Zachary...  thank you for the quick reply.

I believe I resolved my issue by adding the "--nodeps" option when I installed Python using the rpm package.  The command line I used was...

# rpm -i --nodeps python-2.7.5-1.aix6.1.ppc.rpm

Using that command line, the Python libraries seemed to install correctly in my /usr/lib directory, bypassing any of these unnecessary dependencies.

Thanks again.


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