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OpenBSD 5.0 + Mojolicious + Redis + Beanstalkd

[update 2011-11-06] Recently I installed Mojolicious 2.22 without a hiccup.  Tonight I tried to install the latest 2.24 release.  The challenge tonight was that I needed to upgrade Test::Pod and Test::Pod::Coverage. I just guessed which modules were old based on the output from the build, however, it was 90% luck and 10% intuition. While I hate deep dependencies I wish they would have said something about this before leaving me to fend for myself. This is the sort of thing that make admin/DevOps work dangerous.

[update 2011-11-04] I'm trying to run my test program and I'm finding errors with module dependencies. I'm making the corrections inside the doc.  CRAP! One more thing I found. This time it was my fault. One of the Mojo guys asked me to check the clock/Timezone.  I thought I had. Crap!  I missed it. The clock was wrong and in fact it was 4 days behind. Since the Mojo files were technically 4 days in the future they would not build properly.  When I re-installed NTPD and corrected the clock... Miraculously it installed from CPAN.

[update 2011.11.03] looks like I managed to get everything to install. It's not totally painless but it's also not as involved as making code changes.

I really like OpenBSD (OBSD) and I've used it for years. The only comparison to other OS' that I want to make is that while these guys are pushing development forward with new ideas they truly embrace the "Unix" way by making use that "the sum of the parts is bigger than the whole". What I mean by that is that they build larger applications by incorporating specialized smaller ones. They are also more interested in security and correctness rather than security by constant change or obscurity.

Enough of that.

Armed with a current version of OBSD 5.0 installed in a working VMware instance... I wanted to install The tools I'd need for my next application idea. (skynet-pl). The installation of the primary framework tools was really simple.

Install redis and beanstalk proper (you'll need some basic packages from the CD; not listed here)
cd /tmp
tar zxvf beanstalkd-1.4.6.tar.gz
gmake install

cd /tmp
tar zxvf redis-2.2.15.tar.gz
cd redis-2.2.15
gmake install

(gmake test; is recommended, however, you need to install TCL first)

cd /tmp wget tar zxvf Mojolicious-2.22.tar.gz cd Mojolicious-2.22 /usr/bin/perl Makefile.PL touch Makefile.PL Makefile gmake gmake install

Install the libs from the CPAN (cpan and redis should be running in the background before you try to install the packages.)
curl -L | perl - --sudo App::cpanminus
sudo -s 'cpanm Test::Pod'
sudo -s 'cpanm Test::Pod::Coverage'
sudo -s 'cpanm Mojolicious'
sudo -s 'cpanm AnyEvent::Redis'
sudo -s 'cpanm AnyEvent::Beanstalk'
sudo -s 'cpanm EV'
sudo -s 'cpanm JSON'

Well, that installs everything, however, it is not current.  Redis and Mojolicious are still back level. I hope to resolve this shortly.

PS: I tried to force Mojolicious 2.22 to be installed with the ports collection. FAIL. I also tried to install the latest redis too.  FAIL. I suppose I should try "OpenBSD 5.0 + TornadoWeb + Redis + Beanstalkd" next, however, initial tests are not looking good.


  1. Installing Mojolicious from CPAN is trivial as it has no deps besides the perl core.

  2. Yes, I agree, however, the make file fails... on OpenBSD.

  3. I started digging a little deeper. I installed GMAKE and tried again. Here is the output:

    # gmake
    gmake: Warning: File `Makefile.PL' has modification time 272524 s in the future
    Makefile out-of-date with respect to Makefile.PL
    Cleaning current config before rebuilding Makefile...
    make -f Makefile.old clean > /dev/null 2>&1
    /usr/bin/perl Makefile.PL
    Checking if your kit is complete...
    Looks good
    Writing Makefile for Mojolicious
    ==> Your Makefile has been rebuilt. Please rerun the make command. <==
    gmake: *** [Makefile] Error 1

    You'll notice that the primary complaint is that the date assigned to the Makefile.PL is so far in the future. This might be ok on some systems... it did not work on OpenBSD 5.0. When I tweaked the dates of Makefile/PL and Makefile(after running perl Makefile.PL)... it seemed to build and install properly.

    PS: this is far from getting CPAN to install the program.

  4. by default:

    # date
    Sun Oct 30 06:14:56 EDT 2011

    # ls -l /etc/localtime
    lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 30 Oct 29 19:34 localtime -> /usr/share/zoneinfo/US/Eastern

  5. I'm not sure what I was looking at when I posted my TZ and system time. The clocks were off. and I was totally missed that. Thanks for the reply. I should have seen it. CPANM installs Mojo nicely on OpenBSD 5.0.


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