Building on Debian

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Building GridPACK is relatively straightforward on Debian 9 (stretch) systems. At the time of writing, Debian 9 was the current stable distribution. There is no need to build any prerequisite software. All can be installed from Debian package repositories. This documents a GridPACK build on Debian 9 (stretch) installed on a VirtualBox virtual machine (VM) using the complete installation image. Virtual Box is not required and this build should work on Linux systems using the Debian operating system.

System Preparation

You will need super user or sudo privileges for this installation. You will not be able to edit files /etc/apt/sources.list or use utilities such as apt-get without them. Here, the sudo command is used to perform super user activities. This command was installed automatically in this case. Your system may be different as it was in at least one other case.

Starting with a clean installation, add contrib and non-free components of the Debian distribution to apt sources (ParMETIS is in non-free). Edit /etc/apt/sources.list and make the main repository line look like this:

deb stretch main contrib non-free
deb-src stretch main contrib non-free

It may be necessary to change the file permissions before editing:

sudo chmod +w /etc/apt/sources.list

Refresh the system package lists with

sudo apt-get update

Prerequisite Installation


Install a C++ compiler, CMake, and Git:

sudo apt-get install git cmake g++


Install necessary Boost libraries:

sudo apt-get install libboost-dev libboost-mpi-dev \
   libboost-random-dev libboost-filesystem-dev libboost-system-dev

This will also install the default MPI implementation (OpenMPI), including compiler wrappers.


Install the real-valued version of PETSc with

sudo apt-get install petsc-dev

or the complex-valued version with

sudo apt-get install libpetsc3.7.5-dev

Global Arrays

Global Arrays has lots of dependencies. Unfortunately, installing the Debian GA package (version 5.4~beta~r10636+dfsg-5) does not enforce any of them. Installing PETSc first will install most of them. This should complete the GA installation:

sudo apt-get install libglobalarrays-dev libarmci-mpi-dev


Install ParMETIS using

sudo apt-get install libparmetis-dev libmetis-dev

GNU Linear Programming Kit

GLPK is optional and can be installed with

sudo apt-get install libglpk-dev

GridPACK Configuration and Build

Obtain the GridPACK release or development code and put it in a convenient directory, like $HOME/gridpack/src. The top level GridPACK directory is denoted below by the variable $GRIDPACK.

It is a good idea to build GridPACK in a separate directory under the GridPACK source tree. The example below assumes that a directory called build has been created under $GRIDPACK/src and that you have cd'd into this directory:

 cd $GRIDPACK/src
 mkdir build
 cd build

Configure GridPACK as follows


cmake \
    -D PETSC_DIR:STRING="/usr/lib/petsc" \
    -D PARMETIS_DIR:PATH="/usr" \
    -D GA_EXTRA_LIBS:STRING="-lscalapack-openmpi -lblacs-openmpi -llapack -lblas -lgfortran" \
    -D MPI_C_COMPILER:STRING="mpicc" \
    -D MPIEXEC:STRING="mpiexec" \
    -D GLPK_ROOT_DIR:PATH="/usr" \
    -D CFLAGS="-pthread" FCFLAGS="-pthread" CXXFLAGS="-pthread" \

Then, build


If compilation is successful, the unit tests and/or example applications can be run.