[rrd-users] Trying to build rrdtool 1.4.1 on RedHat EL4

William R. Lorenz wrl at express.org
Tue Nov 3 00:34:58 CET 2009

Hi Ulf,

On Mon, 2 Nov 2009, Ulf Zimmermann wrote:

> I am looking at building RRDtool 1.4.1 for our EL4 environment. Looking 
> the spec file which was included in the source tar of 1.4.1, it has 
> certain requirements:

The .spec file was designed for RHEL5 and above.  The last version of
rrdtool I backported to the RHEL4 platform was the latest in 1.2.x.

For the 1.3.x and 1.4.x branches, there were just too many dependencies 
and version requirements to reasonably compile those properly for RHEL4.

> Pango >= 1.14
> Intltool >= 0.35.0

> Both these are not provided by RedHat in a recent enough version, nor 
> are they available in for example rpmforge. Can anyone point me to the 
> exact reasons for requiring the above versions? Would it be possible to 
> change the .spec to the lower version, which could cause consequences.

The rrdtool sources says that "last tested version of pangocairo is 1.17." 
So, I was perhaps a bit lenient with the pango 1.14 version, but I've 
found that it works well.  As for the intltool version, I believe that was 
the lowest common denominator in the RHEL5 and above installed packages.

There's a thread on rrdtool 1.3.x on RHEL4 here:


however, I'd encourage you to update to RHEL5 for the newer branches.

Hope this helps,

William R. Lorenz

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