Getting And Building MPICH
Checking out the MPICH source
To checkout a new copy of the MPICH source, use
git clone git://git.mpich.org/mpich.git (for non-core developers without commit rights) git clone email@example.com:mpich.git (for core developers with commit rights)
See the Git page for more information about accessing the version control system.
Setting up the build environment
The git repository does not contain any of the "derived" files, including the configure scripts and the C++ and Fortran 77 language bindings.
To build these, run
Occasionally changes are made to the autoconf macros that are not detected by the dependency tests for the configure scripts. It is always correct to delete all of the configure scripts before running autogen.sh:
find . -name configure -print | xargs rm ./autogen.sh
The autoconf macros and the configure.in scripts now require the following:
- autoconf version 2.67 (or higher)
- automake version 1.12.3 (or higher)
- GNU libtool version 2.4 (or higher)
This was done because there are incompatible differences between each minor release of autoconf (e.g. the allowed command line arguments has changed between 2.50 and 2.58).
You can select a particular version of autoconf and autoheader by using the environment variables AUTOCONF and AUTOHEADER respectively. autogen.sh will use these if they are set. However, note that for these tools to work properly, both they and all of there data files must be installed in the same set of directories. The easiest way to ensure this is to use exactly the same configure arguments when you configure and install these tools. For example, if you set the prefix, set the prefix to exactly the same path for all three tools.
Actually building the software
Once MPICH has been bootstrapped with
autogen.sh, you can perform the usual three step process to build it like any other unix package:
% ./configure --prefix=INSTALLATION_PREFIX % make -j8 % make -j8 install
INSTALLATION_PREFIX above with a proper directory. Otherwise
/usr will be assumed as a default.
Updated derived files such as configure
Note: most of the time the automake rebuild rules will handle this correctly for you, but not always.
If you change one of the files that is the source for a derived file, such as a configure.in file, you will need to rebuild the derived file (e.g., the corresponding configure file). The safest way to do this is to rerun autogen.sh:
(from the top-level MPICH directory). However, this can take a fair amount of time. You can direct autogen.sh to only update certain classes of files. For example, to update all configure files, use
You can use multiple -do arguments. For example, to rebuild the Makefile.in files and the configure files, use
./autogen.sh -do=build_configure -do=makefiles
Check the source of autogen.sh to see what other options are available for -do.