Build on Ubuntu CMake CLI

The following steps need to be taken in order to build and install RoadRunner on an Ubuntu platform.

This procedure has been tested on

  • An Ubuntu distribution, running in a virtual machine using !Oracle VirtualBox environment
  • A native Ubuntu 12.04 installation on x86_64
  • An Amazon EC2 instance running 64-bit 12.10 (ami-9465dbfd)

Prepare for installation

In a terminal create a folder that will contain roadrunner related files. In the following this folder is located in a users home directory and named rr.

The following applications and libraries need to be available on the system:

  • gcc/g++
  • libxml2
  • libxml2-dev
  • subversion
  • make
  • cmake-gui
  • zliblg-dev
  • liblzma-dev

Checkout RoadRunner code

Checkout RoadRunner source files from google code using subversion:

svn checkout roadrunnerlib

This will create a directory roadrunnerlib and put all the project code in it.

Create build folder

Currently, RoadRunner is built in two passes:

1) Thirdparty code is first built and installed 2) RoadRunner library and applications are built and installed.

Build and Install RoadRunner ThirdParties Using the Command Line

In-source builds are not supported. Create two directories alongside roadrunnerlib named build and install. In the build directory, create ThirdParty and all directories.

Step 1: Build Third Party Libraries

cd to build/Thirdparty and run

cmake ../../roadrunnerlib/ThirdParty/ -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=your_rr_directory/install/unified -DCMAKE_CXX_FLAGS="-fPIC" -DCMAKE_C_FLAGS="-fPIC" -DBUILD_SHARED_LIBS=ON

where “your_rr_directory” is the directory containing roadrunnerlib.

Experimental: relative paths might work (if they get completed by CMake):

cmake ../../roadrunnerlib/ThirdParty/ -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=../../install/unified -DCMAKE_CXX_FLAGS="-fPIC" -DCMAKE_C_FLAGS="-fPIC" -DBUILD_SHARED_LIBS=ON

After CMake finishes, run make && make install.

Step 2: Build and Install Roadrunner

cd to build/all and run

cmake ../../roadrunnerlib/ -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=your_rr_directory/install/unified -DCMAKE_CXX_FLAGS="-fPIC" -DCMAKE_C_FLAGS="-fPIC" -DBUILD_SHARED_LIBS=ON -DTHIRD_PARTY_INSTALL_FOLDER=your_rr_directory/install/unified

Or, the experimental relative path version:

cmake ../../roadrunnerlib/ -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=../../install/unified -DCMAKE_CXX_FLAGS="-fPIC" -DCMAKE_C_FLAGS="-fPIC" -DBUILD_SHARED_LIBS=ON -DTHIRD_PARTY_INSTALL_FOLDER=your_rr_directory/install/unified

Again run make && make install after CMake finishes.

Linking GCC

  • After Installing RoadRunner, it may complain about not being able to find a gcc. To fix this a soft linkage to your system’s gcc can be created with the following steps:
  1. In the terminal, enter the command which gcc, and note the path that returns. It is typically something like /usr/bin/gcc.
  2. create the soft link with the following command ln -s /path/to/your/gcc /path/to/rr/install, using the path to your system’s gcc and the path to your RoadRunner install directory.

Comment by project member stanle…, Dec 17, 2012

I think the linuxSBMLTest branch has been merged so the svn checkout command should be updated to svn checkout roadrunnerlib