Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Mesos on Mac OS X Mavericks (SOLVED: "Could not link test program to Python")

Continuing on my expedition with Scala and Spark, I wanted to get Mesos working (underneath of Spark).  I ran into a couple hiccups along the way...

First, download Mesos:

Unpack the tar ball, and run "./configure".
If you are running Mavericks, and you've installed Python using brew, you may end up with:

configure: error:
  Could not link test program to Python. Maybe the main Python library has been
  installed in some non-standard library path. If so, pass it to configure,
  via the LDFLAGS environment variable.
  Example: ./configure LDFLAGS="-L/usr/non-standard-path/python/lib"
   You probably have to install the development version of the Python package
   for your distribution.  The exact name of this package varies among them.

It turns out there is a bug in python that prevents Mesos from properly linking. Here is the JIRA issue on the mesos project: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MESOS-617

To get around this bug, I needed to downgrade python.

With brew, you can use the following commands:
bone@zen:~/tools/mesos-0.15.0-> brew install homebrew/versions/python24
bone@zen:~/tools/mesos-0.15.0-> brew unlink python
bone@zen:~/tools/mesos-0.15.0-> brew link python24
After that, the configure will complete, BUT -- the compilation will fail with:
In file included from src/stl_logging_unittest.cc:34:
./src/glog/stl_logging.h:56:11: fatal error: 'ext/slist' file not found
# include 
For this one, you are going to want to get things compiling with gcc (instead of clang). Use the following:
brew install gcc47
rm -rf build
mkdir build
cd build
CC=gcc-4.7 CXX=g++-4.7 ../configure
After that, you should be able to "sudo make install" and be all set. Happy Meso'ing.

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