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Tips for Installing Python or other AIX Toolbox for Open Source Software

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How do I install Python, or other open source packages on AIX?


AIX Toolbox for Open Source Software ("AIX Toolbox")packages are available on the AIX Toolbox download site:
The AIX Toolbox team recommends using DNF (the next-generation replacement for YUM) to install and manage Open Source software packages and dependencies from the AIX Toolbox.

A) For all questions or issues with AIX Toolbox packages, the support is handled by the AIX Open Source team in the forum:

The AIX Open Source team provides support through the forum, only. They answer questions, if possible, but they don't own the packages, or formally support them. For true expertise in usage of each package, users should consult the community for each respective package. 

** Cases opened to address AIX Toolbox problems are canceled, and users are referred to the AIX Open Source Forum.
If you experience technical issues accessing the AIX Open Source community or forum, refer to the footer of the IBM Community forum page.
There is email, and "Contact Us" information for community support

B) If there is a problem with installing rpm.rte, or executing the rpm binary file, open an AIX Case (See the following C section) for assistance.

Examples of rpm.rte issues supported through AIX Support:

- Errors updating or migrating the rpm.rte file set
- Commands from the rpm.rte file set core dump, or have runtime errors.

Example of an rpm.rte rpm loading issue:

# rpm -qa
    exec(): 0509-036 Cannot load program /usr/opt/freeware/bin/rpm because of the following errors:
    0509-150 Dependent module could not be loaded.
    0509-022 Cannot load module
    0509-026 System error: A file or directory in the path name does not exist.

This example would be handled through an IBM AIX Support case, and the support team would help resolve the missing modules.

To learn what is provided and supported by the rpm.rte file set:

# lslpp -f rpm.rte

C) Opening an AIX Support Case

If additional assistance is required due to issues with rpm.rte file set (see preceding B section), use the following step-by-step instructions to contact IBM to open a case for software with an active and valid support contract.  

1. Document (or collect screen captures of) all symptoms, errors, and messages related to your issue.

2. Capture any logs or data relevant to the situation.

3. Contact IBM to open a case:

   -For electronic support, see the IBM Support Community:
   -If you require telephone support, see the web page:

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Modified date:
04 May 2022