Installing AFD

Run ./configure to generate config.h and the various Makefiles. ./configure --help gives a list of possible options with slightly longer descriptions in README.configure. Read this since here you can decide what parts of AFD you want to compile and how and where you want it to install the binaries.

Here you need to decide where you want to install AFD and if you want other users to have access to your AFD. There are three different security models, the default is "single user" where only the user that has started the AFD may have access and may control it. "Group access" is where all members of the same group may see and control the AFD. To activate this configure must be called with --enable-group_can_write. The third model is "any user", where any user may see things and have access and can be activated with the --enable-setuid_progs. The access can be controlled on a much finer level when using the afd.users configuration file. The "any user" model together with afd.users will give you the best controll over who may do what, but be aware that some binaries will have the setuid bit flag set. So you should not use this when the binaries belong to root.

Some systems require unusual options for compilation or linking that the `configure' script does not know about. You can give `configure' initial values for variables by setting them in the environment. You can do that on the command line like this:

            ./configure CC=c89 CFLAGS=-O2 LIBS=-lposix

Before compiling you might want set some other preferences in src/afdsetup.h and/or src/init_afd/afddefs.h. But note, changing some values here might make this incompatible with a previous AFD version and AFD will no longer work when it is started. So best to leave these values as they are. If you do change them it's best to run the following command before starting AFD again:

            afd -i

This will initialize the internal database of AFD. After this it will be possible to run AFD with the new values.

Now everything is setup for compiling, run the following command:


This will take a while depending of what you included and how fast your system is. If this is succesful do a:

            make install

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Last updated: 06.08.2005
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