Building node.js on OpenIndiana

More specifically, these instructions should let you build node 0.8.16, the current stable version, on oi_151a5:

$ uname -a
SunOS cooler 5.11 oi_151a5 i86pc i386 i86pc Solaris

(cooler is in its seventh year of service, having run many builds of Solaris, OpenSolaris, and, now, OpenIndiana.) First, you’ll need a GCC 4.x compiler. If you attempt to use the 3.4.3 gcc compiler, you’ll get

cc1: error: unrecognized command line option "-fno-tree-vrp"
cc1: error: unrecognized command line option "-fno-tree-sink"

in the output from your failed build. So, use the Illumos GCC 4.4.4 build, which you can install via

$ sudo pkg install developer/illumos-gcc developer/gnu-binutils

which led to the installation on my system, of 3 packages, and a total of 56.9MiB of content downloaded. Include these new tools in your path for the build:

$ export PATH=/opt/gcc/4.4.4/bin:/usr/gnu/bin:$PATH

To help the node build find the appropriate Standard C++ library for linking, we set the linker run path, via the environment. (By having a correct run path, our node binary won’t need LD_LIBRARY_PATH to be set to pick up We can then configure, and issue the (GNU) make to start a build:

$ export LD_RUN_PATH=/opt/gcc/4.4.4/lib
$ CC=gcc ./configure --prefix=$HOME
$ CC=gcc gmake

You can test the resulting binary

$ ./node
> process.version;
> ^D

and install the node platform to the configured location.

$ CC=gcc gmake install

And now you have a working node.js for your OpenIndiana system. npm is installed as well, so you can begin downloading the modules needed for your development. (If you’re running OmniOS, it looks like the “managed services” repository includes a pkg(5)-installable node.js package, so you can install that interpreter directly. Maybe that’s what cooler should run next.)