Setting up a development workspace


LizardFS does not have too many dependences, so it is relatively simple to develop on any platform you would like.

On Linux

On Mac OS/X

Compiling software like LizardFS on MacOS/X requires some additional software to be installed on your Mac. You will need to install Xcode from Apple and than issue:

xcode-select --install

to add the command line tools to your system.

To get all the goodies from the current LizardFS, you will require to build LizardFS with gcc 6 and the latest OSXFuse library.

We have had good experiences with using homebrew for adding open source software to MacOS/X and would like to recommend to developers to use it to add all additional software required.

To install homebrew, issue the following at your command prompt:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

Than to install CMake issue:

brew install cmake

and finally gcc6 with:

brew install homebrew/versions/gcc6

To generate manpages please also add the pandoc document format translator:

brew install pandoc

And last but not least, if you would like to generate documentation as well, install the sphinx documentation engine:

brew install sphinx-doc

As on any other OS we have no preferences for a IDE on MacOS/X. You can use Xcode, eclipse, netbeans or whatever else fickle’s your fancy.

Our Documentation maintainer uses Sublime Text 3 and swears that it is the best editor since the invention of writing, but YMMV ;)

To build with your installed gcc6 you will need to set the following variables in your environment before invoking CMake:

export CC=/usr/local/bin/gcc6
export CXX=/usr/local/bin/g++-6
export CPP=/usr/local/bin/gcc6

homebrew is also the perfect place to get git and additions to git and gerrit.

Some people had good experiences using SmartGIT but its not free.

Now you are ready to compile a fully featured LizardFS package on your Mac.

On FreeBSD


At the time of the editing of this article, FreeBSD 11 is about to be released so all the instructions are for FreeBSD 11.

To create a working development environment on FreeBSD there are a range of ports or packages you will need to install:


The packages will install other dependencies required automagically.

For building the manpages and documentation you will require additionaly:


For linking to the right gcc version, you should set:

export LDFLAGS=-Wl,-rpath=/usr/local/lib/gcc6

in your environment.

For making bash work correctly, please add the following to /etc/fstab:

fdesc         /dev/fd         fdescfs rw      0   0

Before you can build LizardFS with your newly setup build envionment, please set the following variables in your environment or add them to your .bashrc:

export CC=/usr/local/bin/gcc6
export CXX=/usr/local/bin/g++6
export CPP=/usr/local/bin/gcc6
export MAKE=/usr/local/bin/gmake
export SHELL=/usr/local/bin/bash

We also strongly suggest to build LizardFS while working inside bash.