Prerequisites: python3; gcc and/or clang. Currently tested only under Linux, but porting to other systems shouldn't be difficult.

For sysadmins

To install in /usr/local/{include,lib,bin,man}:

./configure && make -j8 install

For developers with an unprivileged account

Typically you'll already have

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="$HOME/lib"
export LIBRARY_PATH="$HOME/lib"
export CPATH="$HOME/include"
export PATH="$HOME/bin:$PATH"

in $HOME/.profile. To install in $HOME/{include,lib,bin,man}:

./configure --prefix=$HOME && make -j8 install

For distributors creating a package


./configure --prefix=/usr && make -j8

and then follow your usual packaging procedures for the build/0/package files:


There are some old systems where libcpucycles requires -lrt for clock_gettime; currently doesn't link to -lrt, so it's up to the caller to link to -lrt.

More options

You can run

./configure --host=amd64

to override ./configure's guess of the architecture that it should compile for. The architecture controls which cycle counters to try compiling: e.g., amd64 tries compiling cpucycles/amd64* and cpucycles/default*.

Inside the build directory, 0 is symlinked to amd64 for --host=amd64. Running make clean removes build/amd64. Re-running ./configure automatically starts with make clean.

A subsequent ./configure --host=arm64 will create build/arm64 and symlink 0 -> arm64, without touching an existing build/amd64. However, cross-compilers aren't yet selected automatically.

Compilers tried are listed in compilers/default. Each compiler includes -fPIC to create a shared library, -fvisibility=hidden to hide non-public symbols in the library, and -fwrapv to switch to a slightly less dangerous version of C. The first compiler that seems to work is used to compile everything.

Version: This is version 2024.01.14 of the "Install" web page.