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Using Ganglia on AIX
-This Version is tested on AIX 5.3. AIX 6.1 might work as well,
-but it's not tested by now.
+This version has been tested on the following AIX levels:
+- AIX5L V5.1 ML 04
+- AIX5L V5.2 ML 01
+- AIX5L V5.3 ML 01
+- AIX5L V5.3 TL 07
+- AIX V6.1 TL 00
+- AIX V6.1 TL 03
-You still need some "tricks" to use ganglia on a AIX system:
+1. You can compile Ganglia on AIX either with the IBM XLC/C++ or GNU GCC.
+2. Ganglia should be compiled with shared libraries to enable DSOs.
+ For DSOs to work you need to set the "-Wl,-brtl" flag to $LDFLAGS.
+3. To compile Ganglia you will need some additional tools, all of which
+ you can obtain from
+ As a minimum the following additional tools are required to compile:
+ - gmond only
+ * apr
+ * expat
+ * libconfuse
+ * pcre (can be disabled with "--with-libpcre=no")
+ - gmetad
+ * requirements of gmond
+ * rrdtool
+ Please note that no package of the IBM AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications
+ currently provides the required functionality to compile Ganglia.
+4. In order to speed up the configure process under AIX you should install
+ bash and use the following environment settings:
+ export CONFIG_SHELL=/opt/freeware/bin/bash
+ export CONFIG_ENV_ARGS=/opt/freeware/bin/bash
+Recommended settings for IBM XLC/C++ (tested with V7 and V9):
+export CC=xlc_r
+export CFLAGS="-qmaxmem=16384 -DSYSV -D_AIX -D_AIX32 -D_AIX41 -D_AIX43 -D_AIX51 -D_ALL_SOURCE -DFUNCPROTO=15 -O -I/opt/freeware/include"
+export LD=ld
+export LDFLAGS="-L/opt/freeware/lib -Wl,-bmaxdata:0x80000000 -Wl,-brtl"
-1. The AIX-Version should not be compiled with shared libraries
- You must add the "--enable-static-build" and "--disable-python"
- configure flags if you running on AIX. Python support was not
- tested up to now.
+Recommended settings for GNU GCC (tested with V4.2.3):
+export CC=gcc
+export CFLAGS="-DSYSV -D_AIX -D_AIX32 -D_AIX41 -D_AIX43 -D_AIX51 -D_ALL_SOURCE -DFUNCPROTO=15 -O -I/opt/freeware/include"
+export LD=ld
+export LDFLAGS="-L/opt/freeware/lib -Wl,-blibpath:/opt/freeware/lib:/usr/lib:/lib -Wl,-bmaxdata:0x80000000 -Wl,-brtl"
- ./configure --enable-static-build --disable-python
+In case you are running a higher AIX level then V5.1 you should add the following
+defines to $CFLAGS depending on your AIX level:
-2. To compile Ganglia you will need some additional tools,
- take a look at this page
+-D_AIX52 -D_AIX53 -D_AIX61
+For example, for AIX V6.1 you would set $CFLAGS for XLC/C++ as follows:
+export CFLAGS="-qmaxmem=16384 -DSYSV -D_AIX -D_AIX32 -D_AIX41 -D_AIX43 -D_AIX51 -D_AIX52 -D_AIX53 -D_AIX61 -D_ALL_SOURCE -DFUNCPROTO=15 -O -I/opt/freeware/include"
-3. You should use "gcc".
Known problems and Limitations
-- No Power metrics are included
+- No IBM Power metrics are included.
+ If you want those you can get them from
+- Python support was not tested up to now, therefore you should use the
+ "--disable-python" configure flag.
+- When compiling a new version of Ganglia please make sure no earlier
+ versions are installed in the default paths (-I/opt/freeware/include,
+ -L/opt/freeware/lib).
+- On AIX V6.1 TL 03 using GNU GCC the compilation of gmond runs into an
+ error with the system include file /usr/include/netinet/in6_var.h
+ The only solution at the moment is to comment out the offending line
+ in /usr/include/netinet/in6_var.h
+ Compilation with IBM XLC/C++ is fine though.
+Recommended configure setup:
+Using the environment settings above depending whether you are using
+IBM XLC/C++ or GNU GCC you should use the following "./configure" command
+to set up and compile Ganglia on AIX:
+./configure \
+ --prefix=<PREFIX> \
+ --sysconfdir=<SYSCONFDIR> \
+ --enable-shared --enable-static \
+ --with-gmetad \
+ --disable-python
+where <PREFIX> is your preferred prefix, the default is "/usr/local" whereas
+you *have* to set the value for <SYSCONFDIR> (recommended "/etc/ganglia/").
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