Installation

The very short version:

cmake . && make && ./biboumi

If that didn’t work, read on.

Dependencies

Here’s the list of all the build and runtime dependencies. Because we strive to use the smallest number of dependencies possible, many of them are optional. That being said, you will have the best experience using biboumi by having all dependencies.

Tools:

  • A C++14 compiler (clang >= 3.4 or gcc >= 5.0 for example)
  • CMake
  • sphinx (optional) to build the documentation

Libraries:

expat
Used to parse XML from the XMPP server.
libiconv
Encoding from anything into UTF-8
libuuid
Generate unique IDs
sqlite3 or libpq (optional, but recommented)
Provides a way to store various options and messages archives in a database. Each user of the gateway can store their own values (for example their prefered port, or their IRC password). Without this dependency, many interesting features are missing.
libidn (optional, but recommended)
Provides the stringprep functionality. Without it, JIDs for IRC users are not provided.
udns (optional, but recommended)
Asynchronously resolve domain names. This offers better reactivity and performances when connecting to a big number of IRC servers at the same time.
libbotan 2.x (optional, but recommended)
Provides TLS support. Without it, IRC connections are all made in plain-text mode.
gcrypt (mandatory only if botan is absent)
Provides the SHA-1 hash function, for the case where Botan is absent. It does NOT provide any TLS or encryption feature.
systemd (optional)
Provides the support for a systemd service of Type=notify. This is useful only if you are packaging biboumi in a distribution with Systemd.

Customize

The basics

Once you have all the dependencies you need, configure the build system using cmake. The cleanest way is to create a build directory, and run everything inside it:

mkdir build/ && cd build/ && cmake ..

Choosing the dependencies

Without any option, cmake will look for all dependencies available on the system and use everything it finds. If a mandatory dependency is missing it will obviously stop and yield an error, however if an optional dependency is missing, it will just ignore it.

To specify that you want or don’t want to use, you need to pass an option like this:

cmake .. -DWITH_XXXX=1 -DWITHOUT_XXXX=1

The WITH_ prefix indicates that cmake should stop if that dependency can not be found, and the WITHOUT_ prefix indicates that this dependency should not be used even if it is present on the system.

The XXXX part needs to be replaced by one of the following: BOTAN, LIBIDN, SYSTEMD, DOC, UDNS, SQLITE3, POSTGRESQL.

Other options

The default build type is “Debug”, if you want to build a release version, set the CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE variable to “release”, by running this command instead:

cmake .. -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr

You can also configure many parameters of the build (like customize CFLAGS, the install path, choose the compiler, or enabling some options like the POLLER to use), using the ncurses interface of ccmake:

ccmake ..

In ccmake, first use ‘c’ to configure the build system, edit the values you need and finaly use ‘g’ to generate the Makefiles to build the system and quit ccmake.

You can also configure these options using a -D command line flag.

Biboumi also has a few advanced options that are useful only in very specific cases.

  • POLLER: lets you select the poller used by biboumi, at compile-time. Possible values are:
    • EPOLL: use the Linux-specific epoll(7). This is the default on Linux.
    • POLL: use the standard poll(2). This is the default value on all non-Linux platforms.
  • DEBUG_SQL_QUERIES: If set to ON, additional debug logging and timing will be done for every SQL query that is executed. The default is OFF. Please set it to ON if you intend to share your debug logs on the bug trackers, if your issue affects the database.

Example:

cmake . -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=release -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr -DWITH_BOTAN=1 -DWITHOUT_SYSTEMD=1

This command will configure the project to build a release, with TLS enabled (using Botan) but without using Systemd (even if available on the system).

Build

Once you’ve configured everything using cmake, build the software:

To build the biboumi binary, run:

make

Install

And then, optionaly, Install the software system-wide

make install

This will install the biboumi binary, but also the man-page (if configured with it), the policy files, the systemd unit file, etc.

Run

Finally, run the software using the biboumi binary. Read the documentation (the man page biboumi(1)) or the usage page.