[Users] Problem with building the Einstein Toolkit

Roland Haas roland.haas at physics.gatech.edu
Wed Apr 18 15:56:50 CDT 2018

Hello Sumedha,

sorry for the late response.

It seems there may be information missing in our tutorial.

Steve Brandt, who is also using Fedora, has seen errors like the one
you describe when Cactus tried to build its own MPI rather than using
the system MPI.

Since you are using Fedora, my guess is that you need to run

module load mpi/openmpi-x86_64

before you run simfactory/bin/sim build

the exact name of the module to load can be found in the output of
"module avail".


> Hello,
> I've been following the download instructions as given on this page - https://nbviewer.jupyter.org/github/nds-org/jupyter-et/blob/master/CactusTutorial.ipynb to install the Einstein Toolkit on fedora.
> However, when I attempt running the command to build the toolkit -
> ./simfactory/bin/sim build --mdbkey make 'make -j2' --thornlist ../einsteintoolkit.th | cat
> I get the following compilation error:
> ../../libtool: line 6000: cd: NO_BUILD/lib: No such file or directory
> libtool: link: cannot determine absolute directory name of `NO_BUILD/lib'
> make[6]: *** [Makefile:1584: libasm.la] Error 1
> make[5]: *** [Makefile:2153: all-recursive] Error 1
> make[4]: *** [Makefile:1702: all-recursive] Error 1
> Died at /root/Cactus/arrangements/ExternalLibraries/MPI/src/build.pl line 74.
> make[3]: *** [/root/Cactus/arrangements/ExternalLibraries/MPI/src/make.code.deps:9: /root/Cactus/configs/sim/scratch/done/MPI] Error 17
> make[2]: *** [/root/Cactus/lib/make/make.thornlib:113: make.checked] Error 2
> make[1]: *** [/root/Cactus/lib/make/make.configuration:181: /root/Cactus/configs/sim/lib/libthorn_MPI.a] Error 2
> make: *** [Makefile:260: sim] Error 2
> How do I fix this and successfully install and run the Einstein Toolkit?
> Thanks,
> Sumedha Biswas

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