Solaris Platforms

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Solaris Platforms

GRAMPS 3.0.1 has been successfully installed and tested on both the latest releases of Solaris 10 SPARC and Solaris X86 (OpenSolaris 2008.05) by building GRAMPS from source.

Installing Dependencies

Even with the latest releases of OpenSolaris a number of missing dependencies need to be resolved before you can install GRAMPS, namely Berkeley DB, Python BSDDB Interface and Python ReportLab.

You will need to install these dependencies before you can move forward and install GRAMPS.

Berkeley DB

  • Download the latest BSDDB core from
  • Unpack, build and install
% gtar zxfB db-4.7.25.tar.gz
% cd db-4.7.25/build_unix
% ../dist/configure --prefix=/usr
% gmake

% su
# gmake install

Note: Using the --prefix=/usr on the configure command-line is a must under Solaris, without installing the Berkeley DB in this location Python BSDDB interface fails to install.

Python BSDDB Interface

  • Download bsddb3-4.7.0.tar.gz (version at the time of writing), from
  • Unpack, build and install
% gtar zxfB bsddb3-4.7.0.tar.gz
% cd bsddb3-4.7.0
% python build
Found Berkeley DB 4.7 installation.
  include files in /usr/include
  library files in /usr/lib
  library name is libdb-4.7
  running build
  running build_py
  running build_ext

% su
# python install

Note: You must download and build a version of the Python BSDDB Interface which supports the version of Berkeley DB installed on your system.

Python ReportLab

  • Download Report 2.1 (latest version at the time of writing), from
  • Unpack, build and install
% gtar zxfB ReportLab_2_1.tgz
% cd reportlab_2_1/reportlab
% python build

% su
# python install

Installing GRAMPS

Download & Unpack

  • Download GRAMPS 3.0.1 (latest version at time of writing) from the GRAMPS page.
  • Unpack
% gtar zxvf gramps-3.0.1.tar.gz
% cd gramps-3.0.1

Prebuild Changes

A small number of changes are needed prior to compiling and installing GRAMPS 3.0.1 on the Solaris platform


Change the first line of this file from:

#! /bin/sh