Cherokee Web Server
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Compiling from source
Building from the repository
To build from the repository, you will require autoconf, automake, and libtool tools to be available, typically available on your distribution either by default or by running the following on Debian-based systems:
sudo apt-get install autoconf automake libtool
or, for Yum-based systems, such as RedHat, CentOS or Fedora:
sudo yum install autoconf automake libtool
or, for Pacman-based systems such as ArchLinux:
sudo pacman -Sy autoconf automake libtool
To check out the code from GitHub, including all dependencies that are specified as Git submodules, do the following:
git clone --recursive http://github.com/cherokee/webserver.git
or, if using a version of Git < 1.6.5, run:
git clone http://github.com/cherokee/webserver.git git submodule update --init
Once cloned, cd into the resulting source directory and run ./autogen.sh to set up the environment and generate ./configure:
cd webserver ./autogen.sh [options] make make install
./autogen.sh will accept any optional parameters otherwise typically passed to ./configure; in doing so you can avoid needing to run ./configure separately.
Several examples of using ./autogen.sh follow shortly in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.
Building from a tar.gz file
After downloading (likely from http://www.cherokee-project.com/downloads.html) and extracting, you should run ./configure, with options as appropriate. The standard options are documented in the INSTALL file. Typically, the most interesting options are:
- the usual --prefix=/usr
After running ./configure, issues the make command, and then make install (excuting this last command as root if the destination permissions require that).
Tying this all together will result in commands like the following:
wget http://www.cherokee-project.com/download/trunk/cherokee-latest-snapshot.tar.gz tar xf cherokee-latest-snapshot.tar.gz cd cherokee-latest-snapshot ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var make sudo make install
The exact options passed to ./configure can vary based upon your configuration.
Cherokee is released under GPL v2. Read the COPYING file for more information.
There are several mailing lists available for Cherokee and they are listed at:
The main mailing list, where questions should be sent and general discussion takes place, is:
There are also a few technical mailing lists. Developers and package maintainers should subscribe to these mailing lists as well as the main mailing list:
The mailing lists' archives are available at:
Don't hesitate to subscribe and contribute to any of the mailing lists!
Communicate with the Cherokee community via IRC:
irc.freenode.net, channel #cherokee
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding compilation and similar topics:
How to compile it
./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var make
How to create dynamic modules
Modules are created dynamically by default.
How to configure the module xyz to be linked statically
./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --enable-static-module=xyz
How to build everyhing statically
./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --enable-static-module=all
How to compile it on Windows
./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --enable-static-module=all --enable-static --enable-shared=no --enable-beta --enable-trace
How to build a MacOS X binary package
./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr/local --with-wwwroot=/Library/WebServer/Documents --with-wwwuser=www --with-wwwgroup=www --with-mysql=no --with-ffmpeg=no --with-ldap=no --enable-beta make -j8 packages/osx/build.py
./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --enable-static-module=all --enable-static --enable-shared=no --with-mysql=no --with-ffmpeg=no --with-ldap=no --enable-beta --enable-trace --enable-backtraces --enable-maintainer-mode make CFLAGS="-ggdb3 -O0" -j8
How to cross compile the Win32 version
- From Linux: http://alobbs.com/news/1201
- From MacOS: http://alobbs.com/news/1299
- From Win32: http://unixwars.com/2008/07/17/c/
How to create a self signed certificate for TLS
openssl req -days 1000 -new -x509 -nodes -out /etc/cherokee/ssl/cherokee.pem -keyout /etc/cherokee/ssl/cherokee.pem
How to create a release .tar.gz
git clone --recursive http://github.com/cherokee/webserver.git cd webserver ./autogen.sh make dist-gzip
The resulting file will be created in the current directory and will be a .tar.gz archive.