[mrtg] Installing and Compiling MRTG on Solaris 8

John Schons jschons at isd.co.la.ca.us
Mon Sep 20 23:54:07 MEST 2004

I am trying to get MRTG running on Solaris 8 (Sparc Box) and am having
a bit of difficulty. I downloaded all the appropriate packages from
sunfreeware.com (thanks, Steve, for your help on this) and opened them
up and did a pkgadd -d on all of them. I have two questions: 

1) I can't find out where the zlib directory ended up. It isn't in
/usr/local and, when I run a "find / -name zlib" the only result I get
is > /var/sadm/pkg/SMCzlib. I have run pkgadd -d on this several times
and the result is the same. Where did this rascal go? 

Question 2) has to do with gd. I downloaded gd 2.028 from the boutell
site and followed the instructions  in the "mrtg-unix-guide" from the
mrtg site. Seemed to go OK (except that combining the env CPPFLAGS
(etc.) with the --without- statements for freetype and jpeg didn't want
to work together). When I try to compile MRTG I get a standard output
error that says: 

checking for gdImageGif in -lgd... no 
checking for gdImagePng in -lgd... no 
checking for gdImagePng_jpg in -lgd... no 
checking for gdImagePng_jpg_ft in -lgd... no 
checking for gdImageGd in -lgd... no 
checking gd.h usability... yes 
checking gd.h presence... yes 
checking for gd.h... yes 

** Ooops, one of many bad things happened: 

a)  You don't have the GD library installed. 
Get it from http://www.boutell.com, compile it and 
     use either --with-gd-lib=DIR and --with-gd-inc=DIR to specify 
     its location. You might also have to use --with-z-inc, 
           --with-z-lib and --with-png-inc, --with-png-lib for gd 
           versions 1.6 and higher.  Check config.log for more 
     information on the problem. 

b)  You have the GD library installed, but not the gd.h 
     header file.  Download the source (see above) and use 
     --with-gd-inc=DIR to specify where the file can be found. 

c)  You have the library and the header file installed, but 
     you also have a shared GD library in the same directory. 
     Remove the shared library files and/or links (e.g. 
     libgd.so.2.0.0, libgd.so and libgd.so.2).  This is especially 
           likely if you're using a recent (post 1.8.4) version of GD 
     and didn't configure it with --disable-shared. 

d)  You have gd library installed and also it's headers, but you are 
     missing libpng (and headers) or freetype (and headers) 
     (mrtg does not use freetype, but if your copy of gd is precompiled

     against it, you have to install it ... 

Consider following the instructions in doc/mrtg-unix-guide.txt 

The only error of those above that seems like it might be the problem

b)  You have the GD library installed, but not the gd.h 
     header file.  Download the source (see above) and use 
     --with-gd-inc=DIR to specify where the file can be found. 

but I'm not sure what the instructions are telling me to do. The gd
compile statement documented on the site is as follows: 

env CPPFLAGS="-I../zlib -I../libpng" LDFLAGS="-L../zlib -L../libpng"
--without-freetype -- without-jpeg 

This is the statement that I cannot get to work in the first place. If
you put it all on the command line at once it says "env not found" but
if you leave off  "--without-freetype -- without-jpeg" the whole thing
seems to roll along quite merrily. Well, if it doesn't work as entered
above it doesn't work with another --add statement either. Aiieee!! 

I have trolled throught the config.log a few times and it seems that 

If anyone out there in MRTG land has experience with a Solaris 8
installation and recognizes these errors I would sure appreciate it if
you could toss me a clue. I have included the text of config.log for
anyone who can help me decipher it. 


John from LA 

John Schons
(562) 940 3024

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