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This document describes how to build and test Sprout and Bono.

Sprout/Bono development is ongoing on Ubuntu 14.04, so the processes described below are targetted for (and tested on) this platform. The code has been written to be portable, though, and should compile on other platforms once the required dependencies are installed.


Sprout and Bono depend on a number of tools and libraries. Some of these are included as git submodules, but the rest must be installed separately.

On Ubuntu 14.04,

  1. update the package list

    sudo apt-get update
  2. install the required packages

    sudo apt-get install ntp build-essential autoconf scons pkg-config libtool libcloog-ppl1 gdb pstack git git-svn dpkg-dev devscripts dh-make python-setuptools python-virtualenv python-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev libmysqlclient-dev libgmp10 libgmp-dev libc-ares-dev ncurses-dev libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev libboost-all-dev libzmq3-dev valgrind libxml2-utils ruby libevent-dev libevent-pthreads-2.0-5 cmake flex bison libboost-filesystem-dev libsnmp-dev

Getting the Code

The sprout/bono code is all in the sprout repository, and its submodules, which are in the modules subdirectory.

To get all the code, clone the sprout repository with the --recursive flag to indicate that submodules should be cloned too.

git clone --recursive

This accesses the repository over SSH on Github, and will not work unless you have a Github account and registered SSH key. If you do not have both of these, you will need to configure Git to read over HTTPS instead:

git config --global url."".insteadOf
git clone --recursive

Building Binaries

Note that the first build can take a long time - up to an hour on a slow machine. It takes 20-30 minutes on an EC2 m1.medium instance.

To build sprout, bono, and all their dependencies, change to the top-level sprout directory and issue make. Both the sprout and bono functions are provided by the same "sprout" binary - command-line parameters control which behavior the binary performs.

On completion,

  • the sprout binary is in build/bin
  • libraries on which it depends are in usr/lib.

Subsequent builds should be quicker, but still check all of the dependencies. For fast builds when you've only changed sprout code, change to the src subdirectory below the top-level sprout directory and then run make all.

Building Debian Packages

To build Debian packages, run make deb. On completion, Debian packages are in the parent of the top-level sprout directory.

make deb does a full build before building the Debian packages and, even if the code is already built, it can take a minute or two to check all the dependencies. If you are sure the code has already been built, you can use make deb-only to just build the Debian packages without checking the binaries.

make deb and make deb-only can push the resulting binaries to a Debian repository server. To push to a repository server on the build machine, set the REPO_DIR environment variable to the appropriate path. To push (via scp) to a repository server on a remote machine, also set the REPO_SERVER environment variable to the user and server name.

Running Unit Tests

Sprout uses our common infrastructure to run the unit tests. How to run the UTs, and the different options available when running the UTs are described here.

Running Sprout and Bono Locally

To run sprout or bono on the machine it was built on, change to the top-level sprout directory and then run the following command, passing in the appropriate parameters

MIBS="" LD_LIBRARY_PATH=usr/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH build/bin/sprout <parameters>

As an example, to run Sprout as a basic S-CSCF on port 5054 run the following command:

MIBS="" LD_LIBRARY_PATH=usr/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH build/bin/sprout -t --domain=<Home Domain> --hss=<Homestead cluster>

To run bono as a basic P-CSCF on port 5060 run the following command:

MIBS="" LD_LIBRARY_PATH=usr/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH build/bin/sprout -t --pcscf=5058,5060 --routing-proxy=<I-CSCF address, or S-CSCF if there's no I-CSCF>,0,50,600

For all command-line options, use the -h option.

Sprout attempts to connect to the local SNMP agent (snmpd) to provide statistics. If running it interactively, you will see warnings ("Warning (Net-SNMP): Warning: Failed to connect to the agentx master agent ([NIL])") unless you install the snmpd package, and configure it as an AgentX master in /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf (