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I'm trying to install ArangoDB by following a combination of the instructions at installing software from source (Webfaction Docs) and ArangoDB compiling cookbook and I can't figure out how to compile the sources. I've gotten as far as downloaded and extracted the files to my home directory, and created a temp folder, and can't figure out where to go from there.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.


I've managed to install cmake using the following: wget https://cmake.org/files/v3.9/cmake-3.9.1.tar.gz tar xzf cmake-[tab] cd cmake-[tab] ./configure --prefix=$HOME gmake make install

I've also ran cmake .. in the build directory.

Where I'm next caught up is this instruction: cmake -DCMAKE_C_COMPILER=/opt/bin/gcc -DCMAKE_CXX_COMPILER=/opt/bin/g++ ..

It gives me the error that it doesn't know where to find the CMAKE_ASM_COMPILER. I've tried passing in /usr/bin/gcc and /usr/bin/g++ to the above flags as found using the which command, and have tried adding CMAKE_ASM_COMPILER as a flag with no luck.

asked 12 Aug '17, 00:44

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edited 12 Aug '17, 05:42

AragonDB 3 will fail on the current GCC version installed and that is not mentioned anywhere on ArangoDB website, so you have to compile and install GCC/G++ CMAKE, and ArangoDB from source. In order to make it work, You can follow those steps:

Install GMP, MPFR, and MPC for building GCC

mkdir -p ~/src cd ~/src wget https://gmplib.org/download/gmp/gmp-6.1.2.tar.bz2 tar xfj gmp-6.1.2.tar.bz2 cd gmp-6.1.2 ./configure --prefix=$HOME make make install cd ~/src wget http://www.mpfr.org/mpfr-current/mpfr-3.1.5.tar.gz tar xfz mpfr-3.1.5.tar.gz cd mpfr-3.1.5 ./configure --prefix=$HOME make make install cd ~/src wget ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/mpc/mpc-1.0.3.tar.gz tar xfz mpc-1.0.3.tar.gz cd mpc-1.0.3 ./configure --prefix=$HOME --with-mpfr=$HOME make make install

Install GCC

cd ~/src wget http://gcc.parentingamerica.com/releases/gcc-6.4.0/gcc-6.4.0.tar.gz tar xfz gcc-6.4.0.tar.gz cd gcc-6.4.0 ./configure --prefix=$HOME --with-gmp=$HOME --with-mpfr=$HOME --with-mpc=$HOME --disable-multilib make make install

Install Cmake

cd ~/src export PATH=$HOME/bin:$PATH export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$HOME/lib:$HOME/lib64:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH wget https://cmake.org/files/v3.9/cmake-3.9.1.tar.gz tar xfz cmake-3.9.1.tar.gz cd cmake-3.9.1 ./configure --prefix=$HOME make make install

Install ArangoDB

cd ~/src git clone --single-branch --depth 1 git://github.com/arangodb/arangodb.git cd arangodb git submodule update --recursive git submodule update --init --recursive mkdir build cd build cmake -DCMAKE_C_COMPILER=$HOME/bin/gcc -DCMAKE_CXX_COMPILER=$HOME/bin/g++ -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX:PATH=$HOME .. make make install

The above packages will be installed to ~/bin, and please note that the process will take couple of hours, and we suggest doing that in 'screen' session to avoid any interruption.

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answered 12 Aug '17, 05:52

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edited 13 Aug '17, 23:15

Thanks for the help @ahmadz. unfortunately ArangoDB 2.8 is not an acceptable solution, as it's missing a lot of critical features for the application that I'm building.

When you say you're looking into issue regarding make, are we talking about timelines of a few days, or a few months? I'm not in any huge rush to get this application online, as it's still in development, however if I can't figure something out here I'd have to look elsewhere for hosting.

(12 Aug '17, 15:22) smacd

I've made it a further trough the build process this time. I've deleted the build folder and re-ran cmake with cmake -DCMAKE_C_COMPILER=/opt/bin/gcc -DCMAKE_CXX_COMPILER=/opt/bin/g++ ... which worked fine, however I've ran into issues about half way through with an error in the make command, I'm guessing this is probably what you were referring to in your post?

(12 Aug '17, 16:44) smacd

Likely, can you post the current error you are receiving?

(13 Aug '17, 04:29) johns

/home/subscript/arangodb-3.2.1/arangosh/Export/ExportFeature.cpp: In member function ‘void arangodb::ExportFeature::writeBatch(int, {anonymous}::VPackArrayIterator, const string&)’: /home/subscript/arangodb-3.2.1/arangosh/Export/ExportFeature.cpp:506:69: error: no matching function for call to ‘regex_replace(std::string&, std::regex, const char [3])’ value = std::regex_replace(value, std::regex("\""), "\"\""); ^ /home/subscript/arangodb-3.2.1/arangosh/Export/ExportFeature.cpp:506:69: note: candidates are: In file included from /usr/include/c++/4.8.2/regex:62:0, from /home/subscript/arangodb-3.2.1/arangosh/Export/ExportFeature.cpp:38: /usr/include/c++/4.8.2/bits/regex.h:2162:5: note: template<class _Out_iter, class _Bi_iter, class _Rx_traits, class _Ch_type> _Out_iter std::regex_replace(_Out_iter, _Bi_iter, _Bi_iter, const std::basic_regex<_Ch_type, _Rx_traits>&, const std::basic_string<_Ch_type>&, std::regex_constants::match_flag_type) regex_replace(_Out_iter __out, _Bi_iter __first, _Bi_iter __last, ^ /usr/include/c++/4.8.2/bits/regex.h:2162:5: note: template argument deduction/substitution failed: /home/subscript/arangodb-3.2.1/arangosh/Export/ExportFeature.cpp:506:69: note: deduced conflicting types for parameter ‘_Bi_iter’ (‘std::basic_regex<char>’ and ‘const char*’) value = std::regex_replace(value, std::regex("\""), "\"\""); ^ In file included from /usr/include/c++/4.8.2/regex:62:0, from /home/subscript/arangodb-3.2.1/arangosh/Export/ExportFeature.cpp:38: /usr/include/c++/4.8.2/bits/regex.h:2182:5: note: template<class _Rx_traits, class _Ch_type> std::basic_string<_Ch_type> std::regex_replace(const std::basic_string<_Ch_type>&, const std::basic_regex<_Ch_type, _Rx_traits>&, const std::basic_string<_Ch_type>&, std::regex_constants::match_flag_type) regex_replace(const basic_string<_Ch_type>& __s, ^ /usr/include/c++/4.8.2/bits/regex.h:2182:5: note: template argument deduction/substitution failed: /home/subscript/arangodb-3.2.1/arangosh/Export/ExportFeature.cpp:506:69: note: mismatched types ‘const std::basic_string<_Ch_type>’ and ‘const char [3]’ value = std::regex_replace(value, std::regex("\""), "\"\""); ^ make[2]: *** [arangosh/CMakeFiles/arangoexport.dir/Export/ExportFeature.cpp.o] Error 1 make[1]: *** [arangosh/CMakeFiles/arangoexport.dir/all] Error 2 make: *** [all] Error 2

(13 Aug '17, 06:53) smacd

@smacd, i was able to compile and install the latest version of ArangoDB, please see the updated answer for the steps.

(13 Aug '17, 23:16) ahmadz

Thank you very much @ahmadz for looking into this and getting this working. I've followed all the steps above, in order, including removing and re-installing cmake again, and redownloading ArangoDB using the methods you've shown above and I'm now hitting a different compiling error even earlier on the make process. After hitting the error below I tried changing the git branch to specifically get the latest stable release tag instead of just the development branch, as well as tried downloading the release as a zip, and all 3 methods error out at the same place.

ACTION src_v8_gyp_v8_base_target_run_mkpeephole /home/subscript/src/arangodb-3 .2.1/build/3rdParty/V8/v5.7.0.0/x64.release/obj.target/v8_base/geni/bytecode-pee phole-table.cc /home/subscript/src/arangodb-3.2.1/build/3rdParty/V8/v5.7.0.0/x64.release/mkpeep hole: /lib64/libstdc++.so.6: version `GLIBCXX_3.4.20' not found (required by /ho me/subscript/src/arangodb-3.2.1/build/3rdParty/V8/v5.7.0.0/x64.release/mkpeephol e) /home/subscript/src/arangodb-3.2.1/build/3rdParty/V8/v5.7.0.0/x64.release/mkpeep hole: /lib64/libstdc++.so.6: version `GLIBCXX_3.4.21' not found (required by /ho me/subscript/src/arangodb-3.2.1/build/3rdParty/V8/v5.7.0.0/x64.release/mkpeephol e) make[3]: *** [/home/subscript/src/arangodb-3.2.1/build/3rdParty/V8/v5.7.0.0/x64. release/obj.target/v8_base/geni/bytecode-peephole-table.cc] Error 1 make[2]: *** [3rdParty/V8/v8_build-prefix/src/v8_build-stamp/v8_build-build] Err or 2 make[1]: *** [3rdParty/V8/CMakeFiles/v8_build.dir/all] Error 2 make: *** [all] Error 2

Not sure what I'm doing wrong? I had simultaneously reached out to the ArangoDB dev team and they had mentioned that it apparently requires gcc 5, however I've noticed that you had me download and compile gcc 6 and everything seemed to work fine?

(14 Aug '17, 14:56) smacd

@smacd arangodb is picking libstdc++ from the the root lib64 directory. You need to clean up your build directory, execute 'export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$HOME/lib:$HOME/lib64:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH' and then run the cmake, make, make install again.

(14 Aug '17, 15:05) ahmadz

Thanks, I'll try that now. I'm also noticing that when I check gcc -v its saying gcc is version 4.8.5? Shouldn't this say 6.4.0 after having built gcc from source? Do I need to delete all my existing binaries before doing this? If so, are there other binaries I should be deleting?

Here is my current current $HOME/bin directory:

aot-compile gcc-nm gjavah x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-c++ c++ gcc-ranlib gkeytool x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-g++ ccmake gcj gnative2ascii x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-gcc cmake gcj-dbtool gorbd x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-gcc-6.4.0 cpack gcjh grmic x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-gcc-ar cpp gcov grmid x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-gcc-nm ctest gcov-dump grmiregistry x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-gcc-ranlib g++ gcov-tool gserialver x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-gcj gappletviewer gfortran gtnameserv x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-gfortran gc-analyze gij jcf-dump gcc gjar jv-convert gcc-ar gjarsigner rebuild-gcj-db

(14 Aug '17, 15:12) smacd

Thanks for all your help @ahmadz. I've got ArangoDB successfully compiled and am just trying to figure out how to get all the configuration options to play nicely in WebFaction's environment.

(14 Aug '17, 18:57) smacd
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Hi @ahmadz,

I was able to get this fully working previously with your help, however I foolishly forgot to set up a cron job to run to make sure the application keeps running when the server reboots/app crashes, etc. and am having trouble figuring out what I did to get it running in the first place. I don't know if you or the team might be able to assist in helping me figure this out.

I should theoretically have a properly working executable, as nothing has changed since following the instructions you've outlined above and I've not recompiled or updated anything at this point in time.

I'm trying to launch the application from ~/sbin/ (where it was installed to after building it from source using the instructions above) with the following command:

./arangod --uid myusername --database.directory ~/tmp/arangodb/

Then has a few warnings regarding server memory settings (which I'm pretty sure I made note of, but safely ignored last time), but specifically fails with the following error message:

FATAL cannot set uid 'arangodb': Operation not permitted

I'm pretty sure I figured the last piece of this puzzle out on my own last time, however I've been trying to take a stab at it the last couple days and not getting anywhere. I don't know if you folks might have any other ideas.

Thanks, Scott

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answered 19 Jan '18, 21:07

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edited 19 Jan '18, 22:07


I managed to re-figure out my solution for this. Here it is for future reference for anyone else who may be looking to set up ArangoDB on the off chance:

I have a user created with the name arangodb with the appropriate permissions and ran the following commands from ~/sbin and everything is up and running:

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/home/myusername/lib:/home/myusername/lib64:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH export GLIBCXX_FORCE_NEW=1 export ICU_DATA='/home/myusername/share/arangodb3/' ./arangod --server.endpoint tcp://

(Where "myusername" and "port" are replaced with your actual username and the port the application is configured under.

At this point everything is running properly, however what is the appropriate way for me to now set up a cronjob or otherwise so that I can ensure this system stays online?

(19 Jan '18, 22:07) bh-scott

You may use a watchdog script which looks at PID and if it is not running restart the app.

(20 Jan '18, 02:55) johns

As of today, ArangoDB officially provided prebuilt tar package, I think this can help to deploy an instance easily on WebFaction.


Good luck.

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