Software development in LINUX/UNIX


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In general libraries, modules and programs should all be compiled with the same compiler and the same compile version.

Using shared libraries at non-default location

The compiler needs to know where to find the header files (e.g. and/or the module files (netcdf.mod):

gfortran -I/path/to/header/file source.f90

Some Fortran 77 libraries (such as LAPACK and BLAS) do not use header files. Assuming there is a library under /path/to/lib, the options during linking are:

gfortran -o executable source.o -L/path/to/lib -lname

If the library name, depends on other libraries (for example LAPACK depends on BLAS), the other libraries have to added in the order of dependence (e.g. "-llapack -lblas" but not "-lblas -llapack").

At run-time the environment variable LD_LIBRARY_PATH need to include the path to /path/to/lib:

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="/path/to/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH"

Modifying the variable LD_LIBRARY_PATH is not necessary if during linking one defines the "run-path":

gfortran -o executable source.o -L/path/to/lib -lname -Wl,-R/path/to/lib

An example for OAK can be found at nic3:/u/abarth/Assim/OAK/ If LD_LIBRARY_PATH or the "run-path" is not adapted, one gets an error like this:

error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory


Debugging run-time errors:

  • recompile your code with "-g -C"
  • enable cores
ulimit -c 10000000

This allows core with a maximum size of 10M.

  • run your program
  • run the debugger
gdb <executable> core

inside the debugger you can use the commands such as "where", "print", "up",... See man gdb.

The command

gdb -p pid#

allows one to see what a program is doing while it executes.

Note if you use a different compiler (e.g. ifort, pgf90) it might be preferable to use a different debugger (e.g. idb, pgdbg)

A list with debugging options depending on compiler:

Save to typing when printing the value of a variable:

#define dbg(var) write(0,*) __FILE__,__LINE__,'var',var
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