Compiling and installing Yate from SVN

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Follow the steps below to install and compile the latest version of Yate from SVN source on any server with linux system on it.



Since you are going the full process of fetching and building Yate you will need the following:

  • Basic system tools: sed, grep, awk
  • Basic software development tools:
    • The GNU make program (it won't build with the BSD make)
    • The C++ compiler of the GNU suite (gcc/g++) and its libraries
    • The autoconf configuration script builder
  • A subversion(svn) client
  • Development libraries for all optional modules in Yate you want to compile
  • pkg-config

It is likely your operating system offers some packaging system for installing what's missing from the above list. As much as possible use it, don't compile software yourself if you can avoid it.

Note: To provide dynamic loading system for modules Yate uses pragmatic dlopen()/dlsym() system calls. 
These system calls are not available under all operating systems therefore you cannot use and, or run Yate 
on all such platforms which don't provide the said system calls.


You will need to perform all operations described here from a text console - either a virtual console, a virtual terminal in a graphic environment or a remote shell like that provided by ssh.

At occasions you will need to become superuser (root) for some operations.

Get the sources

Once you have the svn client installed getting the sources is a simple command:

cd /usr/src
svn checkout yate-SVN
cd yate-SVN

The first command will change the directory while the second will fetch a copy of the SVN TRUNK (where the code is committed) in a new directory called yate-SVN. The third command will change your current directory to the Yate sources directory.

Prepare and configure the sources

The clean SVN set of sources needs one extra step: you will bootstrap the configuration scripts.

Finished! Now run configure. If in doubt run ./configure --help

This script will warn if autoconf is missing and will prepare a configure script for you if everything is OK. You can now run the configure script:

checking for local operating system type... Linux
checking for libraries directory name... lib
checking for g++... g++
configure: creating ./config.status
config.status: creating packing/rpm/yate.spec
config.status: creating yate-config
config.status: creating run
Note: You should look at the configure output and check that all features you need are detected. If they are not you should first check if you are not missing 
the corresponding development packages.

Once all components you need are detected your source tree is configured and you can go to the next step.

Prerequisites libraries

  • Development libraries for all optional modules in Yate you want to compile like:
  • If you want to register users in a database you need libraries like:
Read more about them and others in modules page.

Compile the sources

This step is very simple but is the most important and time consuming.

The absolute minimum is issuing the make command:


For BSD users remember you need to run gmake instead.

There are some options you may give to the make command to control how the code is compiled:

  • -s will perform a silent build - only warnings and errors are displayed
  • debug will compile the binaries with debugging information

These options may be combined:

make -s debug

Note that the normal level of debugging added by make debug does not hinder runtime performance but will greatly help in reporting bugs.

Common compile errors

/tmp/ccxxXXX.o:( undefined reference to `non-virtual 
thunk to TelEngine::Driver::getObject(TelEngine::String const&) const'

You have another in the linker's path. If you have another Yate installed from package please uninstall the yate-devel or yate-dev package.

If you have leftovers from a previous source install:

rm -f /usr/local/lib/libyate*.so
rm -f /usr/local/lib64/libyate*.so

Install the binaries

Once the sources are compiled into binaries you may run them in place but this way is not recommended. Instead you should install them in your system.

Installing will need that you become root and execute this command:

make install-noapi

If you cannot become root execute this command instead:

sudo make install-noapi

At the end of this stage all yate binaries and support files are installed in various subdirectories under the /usr/local subdirectory. You may change that from the configure options but it's not recommended - you should keep the programs you compiled yourself separate from the system provided ones.

If you used make install and got an error then you probably don't have kdoc or doxygen package. 

make: *** [install-api] Error 1

You can install package or use make install-noapi instead. 
Kdoc or doxygen is necessary just for documentation so you may skip that.

Set up your system

Not all systems can run out-of-the-box software that si self compiled and installed under /usr/local so you may need to instruct your system to do so.

First a short test to check that you need to do something. Run this test as root, just like Yate will need to run in most scenarios:

yate -V

with the possible results:

Yate x.y.z alpha1
yate: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file

First case is a success - you don't need to do anything!

In second case you will need to add /usr/local/lib or /usr/local/lib64 to your dynamic loader's path.

Edit the /etc/ file and add a new line with the desired path. On most systems you will need to add lib but on RPM based systems with an x86_64 architecture you will need to add lib64 or better both.

After you do the editing run (also as root) the following command:


and then retest if you can run yate.

Service installation

If you will run Yate as server you will need some extra steps so Yate will start automatically when your server starts.

Edit the configuration files

Prior to running Yate you will need to configure its options according to your needs.

Go to the /usr/local/etc/yate configuration files directory and edit those files (as root).

You may run Yate manually in the console to check you didn't miss something. Provide some verbosity and colors of the output:

yate -vvv -CDoa

After the test press ^C (Control-C) to stop Yate.

Prepare the init script

You need to copy and rename the proper yate.init from a subdirectory of packing/ to /etc/init.d where all service start scripts are installed. Note that the script and additional tools depend on the Linux distribution used so take the correct one.

This operation needs that you run as root:

cp packing/rpm/yate.init /etc/init.d/yate-local
chown root.root /etc/init.d/yate-local

Replace rpm with what matches best your distribution's package manager.

You will then need to edit the init file and change the path to the executable from /usr/bin to /usr/local/bin. Exactly how depends on the style of the init script:





RPM based:

daemon /usr/local/bin/yate -d -p /var/run/ $OPTS

You may also alter the command line options to get more debugging.

Prepare logs rotation

Copy packing/yate.logrotate as /etc/logrotate.d/yate and optionally edit it to adjust the limits. Note that logrotate normally runs daily so make sure you collect signifficantly less than 2GB of logs in 24 hours.

You will also need to make the file owned by root:

cp packing/yate.logrotate /etc/logrotate.d/yate
chown root.root /etc/logrotate.d/yate

If your logs grow too fast you have to either reduce the logging level - eventually per module - or set up logrotate to run more often. For example you can move the logrotate script from /etc/cron.daily to /etc/cron.hourly

Set the service script to start automatically

The way of doing it depends on the distribution.

For most RPM based systems (as root):

chkconfig yate-local on

For Debian based systems:

update-rc.d yate-local defaults

Your distribution may provide a graphical service control panel - you can use that as well.

Start the service manually

Unless you are going to reboot the server you need to do the following once as root:

service yate-local restart

As a general note, use restart instead of start to avoid accidentally running multiple instances.

Disabling the service

If you want to temporarily disable the service you need to disable autostart and also stop it manually:

chkconfig yate-local off
service yate-local stop

The procedure above may differ depending on the Linux distribution used but you will need to execute it as root.

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