Sunday, December 4, 2016

Building libvirt from git on macOS

Update 1 (Dec 20th, 2016): a patched version of Apple's rpcgen was committed to homebrew, please use this one instead. Proper command for it is:

./configure ac_cv_path_RPCGEN=$(brew --prefix rpcgen)/bin/rpcgen ...

Update 2 (Dec 21th, 2016): now it's possible to install libvirt's current git version using homebrew (thanks to Justin Clift!) with:

brew install --HEAD libvirt

Considering all that, this blog post doesn't make much sense anymore, just keeping that for sake of history.

Libvirt is available on macOS via homebrew, however, building a git version (rather than from a release tarball) might be a little tricky.

Recently, I've fixed some minor issues concerning building on macOS, so here is a little guide on building that on macOS.

The first thing needed is a relatively fresh rpcgen, as the one that comes with macOS is too old. I've created a homebrew formula for rpcgen from FreeBSD, you can grab it here: and install it. Please consult homebrew docs if you're not sure how to do that.

Now it's just a matter to point it to the proper rpcgen and build it as usual:

$ ./configure ac_cv_path_RPCGEN=/usr/local/bin/bsdrpcgen --without-sasl
$ make
$ make check

There are some tests failing, need to figure out why, but at least test suite is working.

PS The --without-sasl flag is not really necessary, it's just me being lazy to find out why it failed to find proper headers/libs for me at that time.

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