[pybsddb] BerkeleyDB path problem

Adam Huffman adam.huffman at crick.ac.uk
Wed Apr 5 13:34:29 CEST 2017


I’m trying to write an easyconfig in order to build a module of pybsddb for installation on a cluster.

The problem I’m having is with the specification of the BerkeleyDB library location, during the build step.

This works fine if I do the following:

load the DB and Python modules

manually run ‘python setup.py --berkeley-db=$EBROOTDB build’

(where $EBROOTDB holds the location of the library)

If I do that within EasyBuild, to build the module automatically, the build step doesn’t resolve the value of that variable for some reason.

I’ve added an echo statement, before setup.py, and the variable does resolve there, so it should be available.

The easyconfig is at:




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