Setting Up Your Ubuntu Environment for Wallaroo

These instructions have been tested for Ubuntu Artful, Bionic, Trusty, and Xenial releases.

There are a few applications/tools which are required to be installed before you can proceed with the setup of the Wallaroo environment.

Memory requirements

In order to compile the Wallaroo example applications, your system will need to have approximately 3 GB working memory (this can be RAM or swap). If you don't have enough memory, you are likely to see that the compile process is Killed by the OS.

Installing git

If you do not already have Git installed, install it:

sudo apt-get install git

Set up Environment for the Wallaroo Tutorial

If you haven't already done so, create a directory called ~/wallaroo-tutorial and navigate there by running:

cd ~/
mkdir ~/wallaroo-tutorial
cd ~/wallaroo-tutorial

This will be our base directory in what follows. Download the Wallaroo sources (this will create a subdirectory called wallaroo-0.5.4):

curl -L -o wallaroo-0.5.4.tar.gz ''
mkdir wallaroo-0.5.4
tar -C wallaroo-0.5.4 --strip-components=1 -xzf wallaroo-0.5.4.tar.gz
rm wallaroo-0.5.4.tar.gz
cd wallaroo-0.5.4

Install Go

You'll need a Go 1.9.x compiler. The following instructions will download a private Go compiler for use with Wallaroo:

mkdir bin
curl -L -o /tmp/go.tar.gz
tar -C bin -xzf /tmp/go.tar.gz
mv bin/go bin/go1.9.4
rm /tmp/go.tar.gz

Update apt-get

Ensuring you'll have the latest available packages:

sudo apt-get update

Install make

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y build-essential

Install libssl-dev

sudo apt-get install -y libssl-dev

Install GCC 4.7 or Higher

If you have at least GCC 4.7 installed on your machine, you don't need to do anything. If you have gcc 4.6 or lower, you'll need to upgrade. You can check your gcc version by running:

gcc --version

To upgrade to GCC 5 if you don't have at least GCC 4.7:

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common


sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test


sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y gcc-5 g++-5

And set gcc-5 as the default option:

sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/gcc gcc \
  /usr/bin/gcc-5 60 --slave /usr/bin/g++ g++ /usr/bin/g++-5

Add ponyc and pony-stable apt-key keyserver

In order to install ponyc and pony-stable via apt-get the following keyserver must be added to the APT key management utility.

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys E04F0923 B3B48BDA

The following packages need to be installed to allow apt to use a repository over HTTPS:

sudo apt-get install \
     apt-transport-https \
     ca-certificates \
     curl \
     gnupg2 \

Installing ponyc

Now you need to install Pony compiler ponyc. Run:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb  $(lsb_release -cs) main"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -V install ponyc=0.25.0

Installing pony-stable

Next, you need to install pony-stable, a Pony dependency management library. Navigate to a directory where you will put the pony-stable repo and execute the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb  $(lsb_release -cs) main"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -V install pony-stable

Install Compression Development Libraries

Wallaroo's Kakfa support requires libsnappy and liblz to be installed.

Artful, Bionic and Xenial Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install -y libsnappy-dev liblz4-dev

Trusty Ubuntu:

Install libsnappy:

sudo apt-get install -y libsnappy-dev

Trusty Ubuntu has an outdated liblz4 package. You will need to install from source like this:

cd ~/
curl -L -o liblz4-1.7.5.tar.gz
tar zxvf liblz4-1.7.5.tar.gz
cd lz4-1.7.5
sudo make install

Download and configure the Metrics UI

cd ~/wallaroo-tutorial/wallaroo-0.5.4/
mkdir bin
curl -L -o Wallaroo_Metrics_UI-0.5.4-x86_64.AppImage ''
chmod +x Wallaroo_Metrics_UI-0.5.4-x86_64.AppImage
./Wallaroo_Metrics_UI-0.5.4-x86_64.AppImage --appimage-extract
mv squashfs-root bin/metrics_ui
sed -i 's/sleep 4/sleep 0/' bin/metrics_ui/AppRun
rm Wallaroo_Metrics_UI-0.5.4-x86_64.AppImage
ln -s metrics_ui/AppRun bin/metrics_reporter_ui

Compiling Giles Sender, Data Receiver, Cluster Shutdown, and Cluster Shrinker tools

Giles Sender is used to supply data to Wallaroo applications over TCP, and Data Receiver is used as a fast TCP Sink that can write the messages it receives to STDOUT. The two together are useful when developing and testing applications that use TCP Sources and a TCP Sink.

The Cluster Shutdown tool is used to instruct the cluster to shutdown cleanly, clearing away any resilience and recovery files it may have created.

The Cluster Shrinker tool is used to tell a running cluster to reduce the number of workers in the cluster and to query the cluster for information about how many workers are eligible for removal.

To compile all of the tools, change to the root Wallaroo directory:

cd ~/wallaroo-tutorial/wallaroo-0.5.4/
make build-giles-sender-all build-utils-all
cp utils/data_receiver/data_receiver bin
cp utils/cluster_shrinker/cluster_shrinker bin
cp utils/cluster_shutdown/cluster_shutdown bin
cp giles/sender/sender bin

Set up activate file for setting environment variables

The activate file sets up the environment for running Wallaroo examples when it is sourced

The following command copies it into the correct location:

cp misc/activate bin/


Awesome! All set. Time to try running your first application.

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