Sunday, September 9, 2012

Compile and install Thrift 0.8.0 on CentOS 5.8 and 6

When you want to install Thrift on CentOS 5.8 or 6, it is better to download the tallbar from Apache thrift website. Don't checkout the source code from SVN or git because CenOS 5.8 and 6 don't have the correct version of AutoConf so that you cannot run ./ of Thrift. The tarball doesn't need ./ because ./configure is already generated. Just follow the installation guide.
I had troubles to compile thrift on CentOS 5.8 with ruby 1.9.3 and 1.8.7 in RVM.

  • For 1.9.3, I ran "bundle install", but failed in compiling mongrel-1.1.5. mongrel-1.1.5 is not compatible with Ruby 1.9.3. Using mongrel-1.2.0pre2, it will be ok. You need to rerun "./configure" if you change the ruby version in RVM. And when you install, you have to pass your ANT_HOME and rvm_path if root doesn't have them.
    vi thrift-0.8.0/lib/rb/thrift.gemspec
      s.add_development_dependency "mongrel", "1.2.0pre2"
    cd thrift-0.8.0/lib/rb
    bundle install
    cd ../../..
    sudo ANT_HOME=$ANT_HOME rvm_path=$rvm_path bash -c "source /home/bewang/.rvm/scripts/rvm && rvm use 1.9.3 && make install"
  • For 1.8.7, I ran "bundle install" without any problem, but the compilation failed sometimes with this rspec error.
    Spec::Mocks::MockExpectationError in 'Thrift::UNIXSocket should raise an error when read times out'
    < IO class> expected :select with (any args) once, but received it twice
You can disable ruby if you don't want it or have troubles in building it successfully.
sudo yum install automake libtool flex bison pkgconfig gcc-c++ boost-devel libevent-devel zlib-devel python-devel ruby-devel
tar zxvf thrift-0.8.0.tar.gz
./configure --without-ruby
sudo ANT_HOME=$ANT_HOME make install 

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