Leosac  0.8.0
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Building Leosac

Describe how to build Leosac from source.


This guide is intended to be used on Debian Bullseye with amd64 architecture or Raspbian Stretch with armv6/armv7/arm64 architecture. While not quite as slow as building Leosac into a deb package, this method can still takes hours to complete when building natively on a Raspberry Pi.


You will need a working Linux environment and the following packages:

  • GCC 4.8+ (any C++11-compatible compiler should do)
  • Git (to clone the repo)
  • CMake 2.8.8 (and above)
  • Boost 1.41 (and above)
  • ODB 2.4 (and above)
  • GoogleTest is required if you plan to build the test suite.

Such dependencies need to be installed:

sudo apt-get install cmake build-essential pkg-config git apt-utils libssl-dev libzmq5 libzmq3-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev libtclap-dev libscrypt-dev python3 python3-pip gcc-9 g++-9 libboost-all-dev libgtest-dev libsqlite3-dev libpq-dev odb libodb-dev libodb-pgsql-dev libodb-pgsql-2.4 libodb-sqlite-2.4 libodb-sqlite-dev libodb-boost-dev libgpiod-dev


Note: Make sure g++ --version shows at least 4.8. You can use the update-alternative command on Debian to set the default version of gcc/g++.

Clone the repo and peform a legacy make install from-source:

git clone -b master https://github.com/islog/leosac.git
cd leosac
git submodule init
git submodule update

libzmq and zmqpp are bundled with the project (using git submodules).

CMake takes care of the build process, here's a minimal procedure to compile Leosac:

mkdir -p build && cd build

If you have difficulties building libzmq, install it from debian repository instead.

apt install libzmq5 libzmq3-dev
* `LEOSAC_GPROF`: CMake will add [GNU Gprof](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gprof) compilation/linking flags. This flag is for debugging purpose only and should be coupled with `-DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug`
* `LEOSAC_BUILD_MODULES`: Unset this flag if you don't want CMake to build Leosac modules.

Follow-Up Tasks

Leosac is now installed on your system, but there are couple of additional tasks you should perform.

Edit the leosac service file, changing /usr/bin/leosac to /usr/local/bin/leosac, then copy it into place:

  • vi/gedit ../pkg/debian/leosac.service
  • sudo cp ../pkg/debian/leosac.service /etc/systemd/system
The steps above assume you are still in the build subfolder created earlier.

Finally, before you can start Leosac, you need to create a kernel.xml file. See the installation guide.


distcc is a powerful tool that allows cross-compilation in a distributed manner. It is strongly recommended to setup distcc when developing leosac if you're building directly on raspberry-like hardware because standard ARM boards are very slow in the compilation stage.

A proper setup with a standard x86/x64 machine can easily speed up the process by a factor of ten.