Liboping install

I use Florian octo Forster’s fantastic parrallel ping library liboping, and over the last 9 months or so have contributed a few minor bug fixes (mostly build related stuff, so not exactly core to the library’s code). I use this for doing parallel pings of hosts and gathering stats, as part of a wider heuristic for site web speed. Of course not all hosts respond to ping, but thats fine; some do.

I went to build vresion 1.6.1, and found that it installed into /opt. This was from source as I was on a platform that is not Debian (otherwise I’d just use the package and be done with it). I found that by default, everything had been put into /opt. I prefer using /usr/local, so I built it with:

./configure --prefix=/usr/local && make && make install && make install-data

The reason for the last one is that I want the headers installed. I then want to make the Perl library; and for that I need the linker to be able to find the library. I found that I need a file in /etc/ that lists this location, so along came “echo /usr/local/lib > /etc/“, followed by a quick ldconfig run to update the paths. I could then cpan -i Net::Oping.

Why blog this? Because every few months I have to try and remember it. Now I just need to remember that I blogged it.

With thanks for Florian octo Forster for the library, of course.