Installing Ninf-G

The Ninf-G software is available for UNIX/UNIX-like operating systems and bundled into one tar-gzipped file except for the Globus toolkit. This section attemppts to explain the steps to build and install Ninf-G at your site. It is recommended that you read completely through these instructions before beginning the installation.

Getting Started

To get started installing the Ninf-G system, you first should make sure the Globus toolkit is installed properly and available on your host. When install the Globus Toolkit Ver.2, all bundles must be installed from source bundles . Required libraries are not built from binary bundles. If you do not have Globus installed, you must perform the installation and deployment of the Globus toolkit prior to installing Ninf-G. The Globus Toolkit as well as the installation instruction is available from the Globus Project Web site . Both Globus Ver.2 (2.0 and 2.2) and Globus Ver.1 (1.1.3 and 1.1.4) could be used as a base system of the Ninf-G. Be sure that the installation instructions differs according to the version of the Globus Toolkit.

System Requirements

The Ninf-G depends on the Globus toolkit and its related software such as SSLeay and OpenLDAP. The platform you intend to install must be "Globus-enabled" at least. The Ninf Team installs the Ninf-G system on the following platforms prior to each software release and runs tests to ensure basic functionality. Bug reports are accepted from a wide range of hardware and software platforms, but problems with the platforms listed here are the easiest for the team to reproduce the test.


The latest release of the Ninf-G software is available from the Ninf Project's Download page . Ninf-G is provided as a single compressed tar file. The tar file contains:

create user ninf

We recommend to create user ninf and install the Ninf-G by the user ninf.


After downloading the Ninf-G software and ensuring the above requirements, perform the following steps. The Ninf-G software is available for UNIX/UNIX-like operating systems. All of the client and server software except the Globus toolkit is bundled into one tar-gzipped file.
We assume that all of the Globus components work properly beforehand. The Globus toolkit is available from the Globus project. The Ninf-G distribution tar file is available from the Ninf homepage. Instruction steps are as below:

Configure Options

Available options to be used for configuration can be listed by typing

 % ./configure --help 

The following is detailed information on the options to the configure script.

Generic Configure Options

The following are generic configure options that do not affect the functionality of Ninf-G.

Option Description
--cache-file=FILE cache test results in FILE
--help print this message
--no-create do not create output files
--quiet, --silent do not print `checking...' messages
--version print the version of autoconf that created configure

Directory and file names

These options specify where Ninf-G objects will be placed.

Option Description
--prefix=PREFIX install architecture-independent files in PREFIX [/usr/local]
--exec-prefix=EPREFIX install architecture-dependent files in EPREFIX [same as prefix]
--bindir=DIR user executables in DIR [EPREFIX/bin]
--sbindir=DIR system admin executables in DIR [EPREFIX/sbin]
--libexecdir=DIR program executables in DIR [EPREFIX/libexec]
--datadir=DIR read-only architecture-independent data in DIR [PREFIX/share]
--sysconfdir=DIR read-only single-machine data in DIR [PREFIX/etc]
--sharedstatedir=DIR modifiable architecture-independent data in DIR [PREFIX/com]
--localstatedir=DIR modifiable single-machine data in DIR [PREFIX/var]
--libdir=DIR object code libraries in DIR [EPREFIX/lib]
--includedir=DIR C header files in DIR [PREFIX/include]
--oldincludedir=DIR C header files for non-gcc in DIR [/usr/include]
--infodir=DIR info documentation in DIR [PREFIX/info]
--mandir=DIR man documentation in DIR [PREFIX/man]
--srcdir=DIR find the sources in DIR [configure dir or ..]
--program-prefix=PREFIX prepend PREFIX to installed program names
--program-suffix=SUFFIX append SUFFIX to installed program names
--program-transform-name=PROGRAM run sed PROGRAM on installed program names

Host type:

Option Description
--build=BUILD configure for building on BUILD [BUILD=HOST]
--host=HOST configure for HOST [guessed]
--target=TARGET configure for TARGET [TARGET=HOST]

Features and packages:

In general, these options take the following forms.

Option Description
--disable-FEATURE do not include FEATURE (same as --enable-FEATURE=no)
--enable-FEATURE[=ARG] include FEATURE [ARG=yes]
--with-PACKAGE[=ARG] use PACKAGE [ARG=yes]
--without-PACKAGE do not use PACKAGE (same as --with-PACKAGE=no)
--x-includes=DIR X include files are in DIR
--x-libraries=DIR X library files are in DIR
--enable and --with options recognized:
--with-globusDir=DIR specify where Globus is installed (GLOBUS_LOCATION (for GT2) or GLOBUS_INSTALL_PATH (for Globus Ver.1) environmental variable default)
--with-globusFlavor=FLAVOR specify Globus runtime library flavor.
--with-globusVersion=VERSION(1 or 2) specify the version of the Globus Toolkit (2 is default).
--with-cc=CC specify C compiler to use (cc default)
--with-opt=OPT specify C compiler options for optimization
--with-debug=OPT specify C compiler options for debuggable executaable file creation
--with-cppflag=OPT specify C preprocessor options
--enable-gcc allow use of gcc if available
--enable-debug enable generate executable with debug symbol (false default).