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Since version 0.8.22, OLA can run on FreeBSD (tested on 9.0).


  • pkg_add -r bison (will install m4, libiconv, gettext)
  • pkg_add -r pkg-config
  • pkg_add -r protobuf
  • pkg_add -r ossp-uuid
  • pkg_add -r cppunit
  • pkg_add -r libmicrohttpd

  • pkg_add -r python27
  • pkg_add -r py27-protobuf (will install py27-setuptools)

Quick start

One-liner to install everything using the new pkgng in FreeBSD 10

pkg install bison pkgconf protobuf ossp-uuid cppunit libmicrohttpd python27 py27-protobuf autoconf automake libtool

You need to use these flags :

CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/local/include/" LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/lib/" ./configure --enable-rdm-tests

Then make and make install.


You can use this combo line:

  • pkg_add -r bison pkg-config protobuf ossp-uuid cppunit libmicrohttpd python27 py27-protobuf

pkg_info (FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE)

  • bison-2.4.3,1 A parser generator from FSF, (mostly) compatible with Yacc
  • cppunit-1.12.1 C++ port of the JUnit framework for unit testing
  • gettext- GNU gettext package
  • libiconv-1.13.1_1 A character set conversion library
  • libmicrohttpd-0.9.15 C library for embedding HTTP server functionality
  • m4-1.4.16,1 GNU m4
  • ossp-uuid-1.6.2_1 ISO-C & Perl API and CLI for generating Universally Unique
  • pkg-config-0.25_1 A utility to retrieve information about installed libraries
  • protobuf-2.4.1 A data interchange format library
  • py27-protobuf-2.4.1 Google protobuf Python Client Library
  • py27-setuptools-0.6c11_1 Download, build, install, upgrade, and uninstall Python pac
  • python27-2.7.2_3 An interpreted object-oriented programming language


If you want to run autoreconf (after git clone for example):

  • pkg_add -r autoconf268 automake111 libtool


  • autoconf-2.68 Automatically configure source code on many Un*x platforms
  • automake-1.11.1 GNU Standards-compliant Makefile generator (1.11)
  • libtool-2.4_1 Generic shared library support script

Building OLA

You can use the tarball or git to get the code.


Version >= 0.8.22 or > 0.9.0

See here what has been done:



You just need to run:

  • $ CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/local/include/" LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/lib/" ./configure (--enable-rdm-tests will need python)
  • $ make
  • # make install

Running OLA

  • $ olad -l3

Since you built with libmicrohttpd, you can use the web UI from

Other BSD

We don't forget these nice systems !

But you need to know that bsd is not like linux, each system has its kernel and userland.

So it could work on one system and not on another.


You can build ola on NetBSD (5.x or 6.x)

(you need to get Python protobufs via pip if you want them for the RDM tests or similar):

For current release 6.1.3 :

pkgin install bison pkg-config protobuf ossp-uuid cppunit libmicrohttpd ncurses autoconf automake libtool

To install Python protobufs (ensure the time is correct):

pkgin install py27-pip-1.4
pip install protobuf

some tools on a fresh install : pkgin install nano screen wget git

$ env GIT_SSL_NO_VERIFY=true git clone

CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/pkg/include/" LDFLAGS="-L/usr/pkg/lib/" ./configure

$ make


For older releases :


  • pkg_add bison pkg-config protobuf ossp-uuid cppunit
  • pkg_add libmicrohttpd (will install more dependencies)

  • pkg_add ncurses (not enough, feel free to edit)
  • pkg_add autoconf automake libtool
  • pkg_add scmgit (to use git repo)

  • $ ./configure
  • $ make
  • # make install


With OLA 0.9.x, we can build on OpenBSD 5.4 :)

  • pkg_add bison protobuf ossp-uuid cppunit
  • pkg_add autoconf automake libtool git

To install Python protobufs (ensure the time is correct):

pkg_add py-pip
pip install protobuf

libmicrohttpd can be compiled and installed from source if desired.

  • export AUTOCONF_VERSION=2.69
  • export AUTOMAKE_VERSION=1.13

CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/local/include/" LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/lib/" ./configure

  • make

With OLA 0.8.x, we had problems to build on OpenBSD (5.2) :/

Because of this bug:

But you can try with:

  • pkg_add autoconf automake (it will tell you the versions)
  • pkg_add autoconf-2.68 automake-1.12p1 libtool
  • export AUTOCONF_VERSION=2.68
  • export AUTOMAKE_VERSION=1.12
  • hack config/ola.m4 if you want
  • autoreconf -fi