[lustre-devel] Lustre and libreadline

Ned Bass bass6 at llnl.gov
Wed Jun 3 11:57:16 PDT 2015

Hi Patrick,

LLNL builds a stand-alone liblustreapi library for our BG/Q compute
nodes, and readline isn't available there. Now, since we just install
the library and not the utils we don't actually need readline. Perhaps
rather than making the readline configurue check stricly mandatory, we
could add a --disable-utils option which, if specified, would make
readline optional.


On Wed, Jun 03, 2015 at 01:32:05PM -0500, Patrick Farrell wrote:
> Good afternoon,
> Cray has recently discovered that 'lfs getstripe' crashes with a
> null pointer if it is not built with libreadline (Found in
> 'readline-devel').
> When built without libreadline, Lustre uses its own implementation
> of the readline components it needs.  (Look for "HAVE_LIBREADLINE"
> in libcfs/libcfs/util/parser.c)  This is the source of the null
> pointer.
> I think libreadline should be available on every platform we wish to
> build Lustre on, so I'd rather not fix the broken internal version
> of it.  Given that, is there any objection to adding an explicit
> BuildRequires to the spec, making it mandatory in the config
> process, and removing all traces of Lustre's internal readline
> implementation?  If not, I'll open a Jira ticket to do this.
> - Patrick
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