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Standard Method

make install

This works on most Solaris systems. You will need to have a compiler installed, and libraries for any services you intend to use. (OpenSSL, LDAP, Oracle, etc.)

If you're using OpenCSW you can just do sudo pkg-util -i -y gcc4-core, to get GCC and the other required utilities.

Method 1

These instructions should also work on Solaris 10 (x86_64) with minimal changes.

The source compiles perfectly once OS dependencies etc. are met. The main additional modules compiled here were rlm_ldap and rlm_sql.

Solaris System Headers

Solaris 10 will likely require you to fix the system headers.

Do the following as root:

cd /usr/local/lib/gcc-lib/sparc-sun-solaris2.10/3.3.2/install-tools/
vi mkheaders.conf

Then put the line SHELL=/bin/sh on the first line of the mkheaders.conf file. It should look something like the following:


Then run the following command as root. It may take several minutes to rebuild the headers.


Solaris Packages

Solaris 10 has versions of Openssl and OpenLDAP installed, however they do not fullfill the compile requirements for freeradius functionality. You should go to and get the packages there, and also resolve any unmet dependencies.

If you have other modules you are concerned with that are not building correctly, don't trust the OS packages. Look for equiv packages and try the build with them installed as well.

download package
gunzip packagename.gz
sudo pkgadd -d packagename

Installing FreeRadius

Now you can use the standard, configure make sudo make install.

Runtime Environment

In order for the ldap queries to work, the following needs to be set as an environmental variable, OR if you're handy with compiler flags you can take care of it during the compile with the -RLIBDIR linker flag.

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="/usr/local/lib/;/usr/local/freeradius/lib"

The two locations in the above path are for access to the libraries and the rlm_ldap libraries respectively.

Method 2

Notes for building on Solaris. (SPARC or x86 shouldn't matter)

Specific info for this method

  • Many packes are available from Blastwave which installs everything into the base /opt/csw.
  • For this MySQL was built and installed in /usr/local.
  • Solaris uses a different runtime link loading method than linux (which uses ldconfig). For this reason, you either set -R (runtime flags) alongside -L flags during compilation and loading OR set LD_LIBRARY_PATH at runtime, which then defines a pathlike structure for loading libs at runtime. If you build most server software from source, -R is recommended if you want to know what, which and where stuff goes and which versions of of libraries are linked to. Note: Setting LD_LIBRARY_PATH negates and runtime paths already encoded in binaries.


From the above the next few lines can be used to build freeradius on solaris (you can use this approach to build any software).

export PATH='/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/opt/csw/bin:/opt/csw/gcc3/bin:/usr/ccs/bin:/opt/SUNWspro/bin'
export CFLAGS='-I/usr/local/openldap/include/ -I/usr/local/mysql/include/mysql/ -I/opt/csw/include/'
export LDFLAGS='-L/usr/local/openldap/lib/ -R/usr/local/openldap/lib -L/usr/local/mysql/lib -R/usr/local/mysql/lib -L/opt/csw/lib -R/opt/csw/lib'
export LD_OPTIONS='-L/usr/local/openldap/lib/ -R/usr/local/openldap/lib -L/usr/local/mysql/lib -R/usr/local/mysql/lib -L/opt/csw/lib -R/opt/csw/lib'
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/freeradius-1.1.2-mysql-ldap --with-ldap --with-mysql-dir=/usr/local/mysql-5.0.21
gmake install

Method 3

Building freeradius3 and dependencies from source

Make sure you use FreeRadius 3.0.11 or later, earlier versions won't compile on Solaris 11.

What is covered in this method

Here, you can find instructions to compile a freeradius on solaris 11, with modules for rlm_ldap, rlm_sql_mysql, rlm_perl (threaded), rlm_eap (separate openssl)


Install sunstudio (used for openssl + perl) and gcc(used for LDAP libs + freeradius)

Install dependencies

pkg install developer/gcc
pkgadd -d 
vim /etc/opt/csw/pkgutil.conf -->  mirror=
/opt/csw/bin/pkgutil -U
/opt/csw/bin/pkgutil -i CSWlibtalloc2
/opt/csw/bin/pkgutil -i CSWlibtalloc-dev
/opt/csw/bin/pkgutil -i mysql_dev libmysqlclient15 libmysqlclient_r15

OpenLDAP libraries

Solaris LDAP libraries are non-standard and won't work with FreeRadius. To compile your own: Download OpenLDAP sources and compile with

./configure --enable-slapd=no --enable-backends=no --enable-overlays=no --prefix=/usr/local/freeradius_ldap
gmake depend
gmake install

Perl with multiplicity and lib files

Only of you need threaded/multiplicity in your perl module, otherwise standard perl libs will be just fine Download Perl sources and compile with

./Configure -Dprefix='/usr/local/freeradiusperl' -Dusethreads -Duselargefiles -Duse64bitint -Dusemultiplicity  -Dcf_email="" -Dldflags="-lsocket -lnsl -ldl -lm -lc" -Duseshrplib -d
make test
make install


Only needed if you want seperate OpenSSL libraries Download OpenSSL sources and compile with

./Configure solaris-sparcv9-cc -m32 shared --openssldir=/usr/local/ssl --prefix=/usr/local/ssl
make test
make install


To compile FreeRadius with all of the above: Download sources and compile with:

Moving the awk command is needed because of a borked/broken awk command is used as standard in Solaris. We replace it with a symlink to nawk, so the configure command can use it.

export PATH="/usr/local/freeradiusperl/bin:$PATH"
mv /usr/bin/awk /usr/bin/awk_old
ln -s /usr/bin/nawk /usr/bin/awk
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/freeradius3 --with-ldap --with-mysql-lib-dir=/usr/sfw/lib --with-mysql-include-dir=/usr/sfw/include --with-rlm-perl-lib-dir=/usr/local/freeradiusperl/lib/5.20.1/sun4-solaris-thread-multi-64int/CORE --with-openssl-include=/usr/local/ssl/include --with-openssl-libraries=/usr/local/ssl/lib --includedir=/usr/local/ssl --with-mysql-lib-dir=/opt/csw/lib --with-mysql-include-dir=/opt/csw/include --with-talloc-lib-dir=/opt/csw/lib --with-talloc-include-dir=/opt/csw/include --with-udpfromto=no --with-rlm-ldap-lib-dir=/usr/local/freeradius_ldap/lib --with-rlm-ldap-include-dir=/usr/local/freeradius_ldap/include --enable-developer
gmake test
gmake install


SMF manifest and installation instructions for Solaris 10 can be found here.