[Yum] yum on Solaris

Neal Dias roman at ensecure.org
Wed Aug 11 14:57:42 UTC 2004

I'm attempting to get yum to play nice on a Solaris 8 boxen, specifically:

Solaris 8 2/02

I have the following installed:

SMCpython      python
# python -V
Python 2.2.2
# which python

SFWrpm         RPM - Red Hat Package Manager
# rpm -v
RPM version 4.0
Copyright (C) 1998 - Red Hat Software
This may be freely redistributed under the terms of the GNU GPL

These were all obtained from www.sun.com's Solaris 8 Companion.

I also installed the following supporting packages, also obtained from

SFWbdb         Berkeley DB - database library
SMCgettext     gettext
SMCliconv      libiconv

I then obtained yum-1.0.3-1_73.src.rpm from:


Did an:

#rpm -i yum-1.0.3-1_73.src.rpm
#cd /opt/sfw/src/redhat/SOURCES/yum-1.0.3

And performed a:

#./configure ;make ;make install

I then vi'd the /usr/bin/yum and /usr/bin/yum-arch files and changed:




When I attempt to run yum I get the following:

# yum
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/yum", line 22, in ?
    import yummain
  File "yummain.py", line 21, in ?
    import clientStuff
  File "clientStuff.py", line 22, in ?
    import rpm
ImportError: No module named rpm

Now, due to the site at which I'm at, I'd prefer to use the sunfreeware
RPM, so rebuilding rpm is not an option.

Could someone out there who's done this on Solaris possibly point me in
the right direction and maybe point out some of the pitfalls while you're
at it?



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