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Building and Installing Lustre from Source Code

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Installing Lustre from source involves several procedures - patching the core kernel, configuring it to work with Lustre, and creating Lustre and kernel RPMs from source code. The easier installation method is to install Lustre from packaged binaries (RPMs). For more information on this installation method, see Installing Lustre from RPMs.

Caution: Lustre contains kernel modifications which interact with storage devices and may introduce security issues and data loss if not installed, configured and administered correctly. Before installing Lustre, be cautious and back up ALL data.

Note: When using third-party network hardware with Lustre, the third-party modules (typically, the drivers) must be linked against the Linux kernel. The LNET modules in Lustre also need these references. To meet these requirements, a specific process must be followed to install and recompile Lustre. See "Installing Lustre with a Third-Party Network Stack" in the Lustre Operations Manual for an example showing how to install Lustre 1.6.6 using the Myricom MX 1.2.7 driver. The same process can be used for other third party network stacks.