Diaspora on Dockstar with Debian Lenny

Posted on 13. Oktober 2010 Comments

I’ll write this in English because more people might want to read it;)

Diaspora, programmed by 4 young hackers in NYC, is „The privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all, open source social network“(joindiaspora.com). Some say it’s gonna be a facebook killer, some say it’s gonna fail for various reasons. Basically, the idea is to create your own server – seed – which „speaks“ to other servers on the diaspora network, so a decentralized network instead a central server(farm) like facebook or several others. The main reason to do this is that your data stays in your own hands. Therefore everybody would have to install their own servers, which 99,9% of all internet users wouldn’t, simply because they wouldn’t know how.

Unfortunately they decided to write the whole thing in ruby(on rails), which I don’t know and most of the paid-hosters don’t support by default(unlike http/php/mysql/perl). As the database system they chose MongoDB, unusual as well.

My idea would have been, to install Diaspora on a mini server like the Sheeva Plug or Dockstar(3-5 Watt), with a debian/gentoo system on a USB Stick. It’s not to hard, there are a lot of tutorials on the internet. All the packages, like ruby/rake are supported. But would have? Yes, because obviously MongoDB doesn’t support ARM(Debian Lenny on a Dockstar with all dependencies installed):

In file included from db/../bson/bsoninlines.h:21,
from db/jsobj.h:43,
from db/jsobj.cpp:21:
db/../bson/util/atomic_int.h:96:4: error: #error "unsupported compiler or platform"
scons: *** [db/jsobj.o] Error 1
scons: building terminated because of errors.

So unless you want to keep your HomePC running 24/7(effect on environment? energy cost?), there’s no chance to host your own Diaspora seed at home. Therefore you have to pay a hoster to do so, and nearly nobodie’s gonna do that, because facebook is for free. I don’t think Diaspora will change their database system, so this goes out to all MongoDB developers: Please add support for ARM! According to this post on in a google group it can’t be too hard, but I really can’t tell:/ As I found out while googling I obviously wasn’t the only person who thought this might be a good idea:)

I’ll try to keep you uptodate, if anybody finds a solution, please post a comment:)

update: I just tried to use the same code for ARM as for i386 and – of course – got an error:

/tmp/ccEB7sgz.s: Assembler messages:
/tmp/ccEB7sgz.s:7236: Error: bad instruction `lock'
/tmp/ccEB7sgz.s:7237: Error: bad instruction `xadd r3,[r2,#0]'

Unfortunately I don’t know any ARM ASM, but maybe someone can translate?

update: In the code(/bson/util/atomic_int.h) it said

#elif defined(__GCC_HAVE_SYNC_COMPARE_AND_SWAP_4)
// this is in GCC >= 4.1

So I just added || defined(__arm__) because my dockstars gcc said:

# gcc -v
Using built-in specs.
Target: arm-linux-gnueabi
Configured with: ../src/configure -v --with-pkgversion='Debian 4.3.2-1.1'
 --with-bugurl=file:///usr/share/doc/gcc-4.3/README.Bugs --enable-languages=c,c++,fortran,
objc,obj-c++ --prefix=/usr --enable-shared --with-system-zlib --libexecdir=/usr/lib
 --without-included-gettext --enable-threads=posix --enable-nls
 --with-gxx-include-dir=/usr/include/c++/4.3 --program-suffix=-4.3 --enable-clocale=gnu
 --enable-libstdcxx-debug --enable-objc-gc --enable-mpfr --disable-libssp --disable-sjlj-exceptions
 --enable-checking=release --build=arm-linux-gnueabi --host=arm-linux-gnueabi --target=arm-linux-gnueabi
Thread model: posix
gcc version 4.3.2 (Debian 4.3.2-1.1) 

I thought this might work. Then it compiled for about 3 hours and I got this error:

db/jsobj.o: In function `mongo::AtomicUInt::operator++(int)':
/root/mongo/db/../bson/util/atomic_int.h:60: undefined reference to `__sync_fetch_and_add_4'
util/message.o: In function `mongo::AtomicUInt::operator++(int)':
/root/mongo/util/../util/../db/../bson/util/atomic_int.h:60: undefined reference to `__sync_fetch_and_add_4'
db/stats/counters.o: In function `mongo::AtomicUInt::operator++(int)':
/root/mongo/db/stats/../../bson/util/atomic_int.h:60: undefined reference to `__sync_fetch_and_add_4'
/root/mongo/db/stats/../../bson/util/atomic_int.h:29: undefined reference to `__sync_fetch_and_add_4'
/root/mongo/db/stats/../../bson/util/atomic_int.h:29: undefined reference to `__sync_fetch_and_add_4'
db/stats/counters.o:/root/mongo/db/stats/../../bson/util/atomic_int.h:29: more undefined references to `__sync_fetch_and_add_4' follow
s/chunk.o: In function `mongo::AtomicUInt::operator++()':
/root/mongo/s/../client/../util/../util/../db/../bson/util/atomic_int.h:57: undefined reference to `__sync_add_and_fetch_4'
/root/mongo/s/../client/../util/../util/../db/../bson/util/atomic_int.h:57: undefined reference to `__sync_add_and_fetch_4'
/root/mongo/s/../client/../util/../util/../db/../bson/util/atomic_int.h:57: undefined reference to `__sync_add_and_fetch_4'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
scons: *** [mongodump] Error 1
scons: building terminated because of errors.

Any ideas? Seems like gcc has to be >= 4.4.0. Might be a good idea to install squeeze instead of lenny but it’s nearly 5am and I can’t be bothered now;)

Update: at the MongoDB Bugtracker the user Eliot Horowitz stated:

„Unfortunately compiling is only a small portion of the issue.
The bigger problem is endianness – which is fixable, just a fair amount of work.“

I guess we’ll just have to wait-.-

Update: Great news! Looks like somebody finally did it:

Although they did not really write a tutorial… I can’t seem to find that many differences in the code but it’s definitly right, that ARM is bi-endian(didn’t know that until my professor told me this semester). Might work with the newser gcc version. Anyway, if I find some free time, I’ll test it.

 

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Comments

  1. What about running it Diaspora on a smart phone with linux installed. Or on an old netbook. That shouldn’t use too much power and has battery backup to boot.

  2. smartphones just dont have the CPU power and space with armv6 or armv7. if you have an old netbook, that might be a good idea, but i don’t:(

  3. hi!

    just found this article. i’m dealing with a similar problem, right now. i triy to install the mongodb on a synology diskstation. i tried out the «Git for Mongo non-x86»-version but ended up with the same error: db/../bson/util/atomic_int.h:96:4: error: #error „unsupported compiler or platform“

    did you try it ou, too? have you been able to make it run?

    thanks for your information!

    cheers
    daniel

  4. thanks for the hint!

    i tried it out – without succes. so, i’ll change the platform, the diskstation doesn’t seem to be the right thing, for now
    thanks anyway

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