How to setup ROOT externals from AFS/CVMFS

The following instructions are useful for setting up an environment with all the required ROOT externals coming from the central installations in AFS or CVMFS. This is exactly the same scripts used by the continuous integration system (Jenkins).

For slc and centos systems using the gcc compiler

The instructions are a single line to source an existing script in AFS/CVMFS. In the following example OS is ‘slc6’, the compiler is ‘gcc49’, and build type is ‘release’.

# on AFS:
source /afs/
# on CVMFS
source /cvmfs/

For all the other compilers (icc, clang,…) and systems

In this case we can use the script that is used by jenkins. The script expects 4 arguments:

  • LABEL is system OS and version. E.g. ‘slc6’, ‘centos7’, ‘fedora14’, ‘mac1012’, etc.
  • COMPILER is the compiler and version. E.g. ‘icc16’, ‘clang37’, ‘native’ (for the native compiler), etc.
  • BUILDTYPE is the type of the build. E.g. Release, Debug
  • EXTERNALS is the label for the set of versions of the externals. Typically ‘ROOT-date’, but ‘ROOT-latest’ is a safe bet.
    git clone
    source rootspi/jenkins/ slc6 icc14 Release ROOT-latest

Debugging an existing nightly build

Often when a build has failed in the nightlies we are required to debug it. The following are the instructions to get the correct environment for starting the debug session. As input you need to know the node name and the working directory in the build node (and the password of the sftnight account). You can get this information from the logs in Jenkins or CDash.

$ ssh sftnight@<node-name>
$ cd <work-directory>
$ source
$ cd build
$ ctest -V -R <failing test>
$ make <failing target>