Building and Installing IPMCTL from Source on Linux

Building ipmctl from source code if your Linux package repository does not provide package or it contains a old version.

This procedure provides the steps for building and installing ipmctl on Fedora.


ipmctl has a dependency on libsafec-devel, libndctl-devel and rubygem-asciidoctor. Steps to install these packages is provided below.

Install the required utilities

This procedure requires the following utilities

  • wget

  • git

  • cmake

  • gcc

  • gcc-c++

  • glibc

  • glibc-static

sudo dnf install wget git cmake gcc gcc-c++ glibc glibc-static 


libsafec is available as a package in the EPEL repository (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux).

Alternately, when compiling ipmctl from source code, use the -DSAFECLIB_SRC_DOWNLOAD_AND_STATIC_LINK=ON option to download safelibc source and build it as a static library with ipmctl. See the Build section below for more information.

Verify the libsafec package can be found

dnf info libsafec libsafec-devel


$ dnf info libsafec libsafec-devel

Available Packages
Name         : libsafec
Version      : 3.3
Release      : 5.fc31
Architecture : i686
Size         : 82 k
Source       : libsafec-3.3-5.fc31.src.rpm
Repository   : fedora
Summary      : Safec fork with all C11 Annex K functions
URL          :
License      : MIT
Description  : Safec fork with all C11 Annex K functions

Name         : libsafec-devel
Version      : 3.3
Release      : 5.fc31
Architecture : i686
Size         : 19 k
Source       : libsafec-3.3-5.fc31.src.rpm
Repository   : fedora
Summary      : Development packages for libsafec
URL          :
License      : MIT
Description  : Development files for libsafec

Install the libsafec and libsafec-devel packages

sudo dnf install libsafec libsafec-devel


The development files can be installed from source code or packages. See 'Installing NDCTL & DAXCTL' in the ndctl user guide for detailed instructions.

To install the package:

sudo dnf install ndctl-devel


The rubygem-asciidoctor package can be found in the EPEL (Extra Package for Enterprise Linux) repository.

Install the rubygem-asciidoctor and optional rubygem-asciidoctor-pdf packages

sudo dnf install rubygem-asciidoctor rubygem-asciidoctor-pdf


Create a temporary build area

mkdir ~/downloads
cd ~/downloads

Clone the ipmctl GitHub repository

git clone
cd ipmctl

Optional: To build a different release version, use git to checkout the version branch, eg:

List all available branches using the following. It shows a master_1_0 and master_2_0 for version 1.x and 2.x respectively. This represents the current version for each release.

$ # git branch -a | grep master
* master
  remotes/origin/HEAD -> origin/master

Example: Checkout the version 1.x branch and continue the build process:

$ git checkout remotes/origin/master_1_0
Switched to a new branch 'remotes/origin/master_1_0'

To build a specific version, list the tags:

$ git tag

Create a new branch from a specific tagged version, use the following and continue with the build process:

$ git checkout tags/v02.00.00.3791 -b v02.00.00.3791
Switched to a new branch 'v02.00.00.3791'

If you installed the safelibc package, use:

mkdir output && cd output
make -j all

To have ipmctl cmake download and statically build safelibc, use:

mkdir output && cd output
make -j all


Install ipmctl using:

sudo make install

Go to the Basic Usage section of this user guide for more information.


The following lists common issues and errors encountered during the cmake process and how to resolve them

Issue: -- Could NOT find asciidoctor-pdf (missing: ASCIIDOCTOR_PDF_BINARY)

You may see a warning during the cmake process referencing a missing asciidoctor-pdf binary.

-- Could NOT find asciidoctor-pdf (missing:  ASCIIDOCTOR_PDF_BINARY) 
asciidoctor-pdf not found


PDF documents can be built if asciidoctor-pdf is installed. This is completely optional. Warnings during the cmake make occur but can be ignored. Asciidoctor-pdf is installed using the gem utility. Asciidoctor-pdf requires Ruby 2.1 or later. CentOS 7 provides Ruby 2.0. See How to Install Ruby on CentOS/RHEL 7/6 for instructions to install a later version of Ruby. With Ruby >2.1 installed, install asciidoctor-pdf:

sudo gem install asciidoctor-pdf

Issue: -- Could NOT find asciidoc (missing: ASCIIDOC_BINARY)


If asciidoctor is installed, ascidoc is not required. This message can be safely ignored.---

Issue: -- Could NOT find a2x (missing: A2X_BINARY)


The a2x binary is delivered with the asciidoc package. a2x converts Asciidoc text file to PDF, XHTML, HTML Help, manpage or plain text. If the asciidoc package is not installed, this message can be safely ignored. Asciidoctor will be used instead to build the documentation.

Issue: -- package 'safec-3.3>=03032018.0-g570fa5' not found


--   package 'safec-3.3>=03032018.0-g570fa5' not found
CMake Error at /usr/share/cmake/Modules/FindPkgConfig.cmake:279 (message):
  A required package was not found
Call Stack (most recent call first):
  /usr/share/cmake/Modules/FindPkgConfig.cmake:333 (_pkg_check_modules_internal)
  CMakeLists.txt:87 (pkg_check_modules)

You should not encounter this message when using the -DSAFECLIB_SRC_DOWNLOAD_AND_STATIC_LINK=ON cmake option.


The issue can occur if the libsafec and libsafec-devel packages are not installed. See the 'Prerequisites' section at the top of this page.

If you installed the libsafec package from a repository other than EPEL, remove and re-install the libsafec package using the epel repository. Follow the instructions in the 'libsafec' section above.

If you built and installed libsafec from source code, the error is caused by a missing pkgconfig (pc) file. Update your LD_LIBRARY_PATH and PKG_CONFIG_PATH to include the path you installed libsafec to. For example, the following adds the common install locaitons to your shell environment. You will need to add these to your shell environment file (eg: ~/.bashrc) for them to become permanent.

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib:/usr/lib64:/usr/local/lib:/usr/local/lib64:${LD_LIBRARY_PATH}
export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/lib64/pkgconfig:/usr/lib/pkgconfig:usr/local/lib64/pkgconfig:/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig:/usr/share/pkgconfig:${PKG_CONFIG_PATH}

Alternatively, add -DSAFECLIB_SRC_DOWNLOAD_AND_STATIC_LINK=ONto the cmake file to download and build the static version of libsafec.

Issue: -- cc: internal compiler error: Killed (program cc1)


Running make -j all runs lots of processes, which use more memory. The problem above occurs when your system runs out of memory. Use make instead of make -j all.

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