Installing on FreeBSD, error

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  • I am getting the following when trying to run nodebb setup:

    5/9 18:51 [77800] - info: NodeBB Setup Triggered via Command Line
    Welcome to NodeBB!
    This looks like a new installation, so you'll have to answer a few questions about your environment before we can proceed.
    Press enter to accept the default setting (shown in brackets).
    URL used to access this NodeBB (http://localhost:4567) 
    Please enter a NodeBB secret (f424bbc1-94e5-43a9-9fc0-0d482d9f445b) 
    Which database to use (redis) 
    5/9 18:51 [77800] - info: Now configuring redis database:
    Host IP or address of your Redis instance ( 
    Host port of your Redis instance (6379) 
    Password of your Redis database 
    Which database to use (0..n) (0) 
    Configuration Saved OK
    [email protected] node_modules/redis
    [email protected] node_modules/connect-redis
    ā””ā”€ā”€ [email protected] ([email protected])
    Populating database with default configs, if not already set...
      Module._extensions[extension](this, filename);
    Error: /usr/local/lib/gcc48/ version GLIBCXX_3.4.21 required by /usr/local/www/node/nodebb/node_modules/lwip/build/Release/lwip_image.node not found
        at Error (native)
        at Module.load (module.js:355:32)
        at Function.Module._load (module.js:310:12)
        at Module.require (module.js:365:17)
        at require (module.js:384:17)
        at /usr/local/www/node/nodebb/node_modules/lwip/lib/Image.js:3:22
        at Object.<anonymous> (/usr/local/www/node/nodebb/node_modules/lwip/lib/Image.js:15:3)
        at Module._compile (module.js:460:26)
        at Object.Module._extensions..js (module.js:478:10)
        at Module.load (module.js:355:32)

    Any ideas of what it could be?

  • Got it. Installed gcc5 and that solved the problem.

  • @Fastidious did you follow the official docs? If so, a pull request to add that extra step is greatly appreciated. Just hit the edit button on the top right šŸ™‚

    EDIT: oops, I guess we don't even have a FreeBSD section in our docs. What OS did you use as your guide? Could add a new page copied and pasted from the original and adding your last step.

  • @psychobunny I simply installed node withpkg (did not use ports), cloned NodeBB and did the regular routine (npm install, nodebb setup, etc.). It was crashing on setup because I had gcc48. Installed gcc49, no dice. Finally installed gcc5 and updated libmap.conf under /etc/ as follows:  gcc5/

    And the beast took a deep breath, and opened its eyes. Hehe.

  • @psychobunny said:

    Could add a new page copied and pasted from the original and adding your last step.

    I can come up with a page. It should be fairly straight forward, but I already had many things installed on that VPS, so I am not sure if whatever requirements were needed I already had them.

  • You seem to know a lot more about this than any of our core team. Myself especially šŸ˜‰

    If you could add a freebsd section to the docs then kudos to you, likely somebody else will run into the problem you had and I'd have no idea how to respond šŸ˜›

  • @psychobunny said:

    If you could add a freebsd section to the docs then kudos to you

    Done. Pull request pending.

  • Thanks! šŸ™‚ the PR is missing a link from the OS page to your new page though

  • Which JS engine do you use, v8? Maybe it's related to that.

    I'm using FreeBSD too (now with mongodb), and I didn't have to install gcc5 or do any /etc changes to use NodeBB with redis.

  • @rfc2822 if you have a newer gcc installed, there is no reason to install or perform the changes I had to do. My server is not "vanilla" FreeBSD, it is "tinkering-a-lot" FreeBSD.

  • You wrote "It was crashing on setup because I had gcc48". I only have gcc-4.8.5 installed, too (I highly prefer Clang, so I'm not picky about having the latest gcc version).

  • @rfc2822 4.8.5 is fine, 4.8 is not. Do this:

    strings /usr/local/lib/gcc48/ |grep GLIBCXX_3.4.21

    If you see it, you are fine.

  • Ok,. I have just thought every gcc48 version would crash for you. ā€“ So everything is OK šŸ™‚

    Really love NodeBB & FreeBSD šŸ™‚

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