I have some time on my hands and am trying to set up Python and XlsxWriter on an IBM i. Keep in mind that I have minimal Linux knowledge (i.e. don't laugh too hard).

Python was no problem. I downloaded version 27 revE from http://sourceforge.net/projects/iseriespython/files/, and followed the instructions in the README.txt contained in the .zip file. I have a Python27 library now, and successfully started Python and did a print "Hello".

In a post back in December 2013 (http://archive.midrange.com/midrange-l/201312/msg00640.html) John Yeung mentioned XlsxWriter. I want to be able to read as well as write, so I got OpenPyXL (openpyxl-2.0.3.tar.gz) instead from https://pypi.python.org/pypi/openpyxl, and extracted the contents to folder /openpyxl on the IBM i./

/The instructions at http://pythonhosted.org//openpyxl/ suggest using pip or easy_install, but those do not exist on the IBM i; besides, I've already downloaded the file and extracted it. The next thing it says is to do "python setup.py install". So from an OS400 command line I tried

PYTHON PROGRAM('/openpyxl/setup.py') PARM(install)

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/openpyxl/setup.py", line 27, in <module>
from setuptools import setup, Extension, find_packages
ImportError: No module named setuptools
Press ENTER to end terminal session.

Presumably pip or easy_install would've gotten all these dependencies. Do I just keep slogging through this, finding each missing package, downloading it and installing it? Or is there an easier way?

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