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Documentation: Custom Package Howto does not contain build dependencies for pyzfs #8322

jwittlincohen opened this issue Jan 21, 2019 · 4 comments


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commented Jan 21, 2019

Distribution Name | Debian
Distribution Version | 9.6
Linux Kernel | 4.9.0-8-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.9.130-2 (2018-10-27) x86_64 GNU/Linux
Architecture | x64
ZFS Version | 0.8.0-rc3
SPL Version | 0.8.0-rc3

Describe the problem you're observing

Despite installing all the build dependencies listed in the ZFS Custom Package Howto, make -j1 deb fails with the following error:

configure: error: "Python >= '3.4.0' development library is not installed

This appears to be due to the fact that the Howto has not been updated to reflect the requirements of pyzfs, a feature that was added in 0.8.0-rc3. The Howto also does not mention that 0.8.0 does not have separate SPL packages.

I'm quite confident the issue is caused by pyzfs because: 1) I was able to build the 0.8.0-rc2 source without issue, and 2) 0.8.0-rc3 can be built with ./configure --disable-pyzfs without failure.

Describe how to reproduce the problem

  1. Install a fresh Debian Stretch (9.6) VM
  2. Install all build dependencies listed at ZFS Custom Package Howto
  3. Follow instructions to build kmod packages for Debian. The failure occurs at the make -j1 deb step.


Use ./configure --disable-pyzfs


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commented Jan 22, 2019

Updated, thank you!

@gmelikov gmelikov closed this Jan 22, 2019


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commented Jan 29, 2019

On debian just "sudo apt-get install python3" is not sufficient.
You also need to install: python3-dev python3-setuptools python3-cffi
Please update the Howto.


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commented Feb 7, 2019

@gmelikov Would you mind updating the Howto to add the additional dependencies noted by @geppi? I attempted a fresh install with python3 installed and it gives the same error. When I installed the additional dependencies, the build process completed successfully.


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commented Feb 9, 2019

@geppi @jwittlincohen sorry for late response, thank you, I've updated the wiki for Debian and Centos.

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