Installing Netatalk 3 on Solaris

Solaris 11

Tested on Solaris 11.4.42

Prep work

Install the latest SRU for Solaris 11 to get as modern packages as possible.

You may need to configure mDNS in order for Zeroconf to work properly.

Install required packages

pkg install \
  autoconf \
  automake \
  bison \
  flex \
  gcc \
  libevent \
  libgcrypt \
  libtool \
  pkg-config \

Build additional packages from source

At the time of writing, you need to build autoconf, automake, and talloc from source.

tar xvf talloc-2.4.1.tar.gz
tar xvf autoconf-2.71.tar.gz
tar xvf automake-1.16.5.tar.gz
cd autoconf-2.71
./configure --prefix=/usr
make install
cd ../automake-1.16.5
./configure --prefix=/usr
make install
cd ../talloc-2.4.1
CC=gcc ./configure --prefix=/usr/local
make install
ln -s /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig/talloc.pc /usr/lib/amd64/pkgconfig/talloc.pc
cd ..

Configure and build

./configure \
  --enable-krbV-uam \
  --enable-pgp-uam \
  --with-init-style=solaris \
  --with-tracker-pkgconfig-version=2.0 \
  --without-afpstats \
  MAKE=gmake \

If the output from configure looks up to standard, proceed with compiling and linking.

gmake -j $(nproc)

Install and launch

Once the build process has completed without error, install the software (as root).

gmake install

Manage the netatalk service with svcadm.

svcadm enable svc:/network/netatalk:default


Meson build system

This applies only if you are using the Meson build system instead of GNU Autotools (Netatalk 3.2 or later):

The base image of Solaris 11.4 comes with Meson v0.59.2 which is too old for Netatalk. Uninstall the stock Meson and install the one distributed by Python pip instead.

# pkg uninstall meson
# pkg update --accept
# pip install meson


# PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/lib/amd64/pkgconfig meson setup build \
  -Dwith-init-style=solaris \

Build and install

# ninja -C build
# ninja -C build install

Solaris 10

Tested on Solaris 10 (1/13)

Note that the last version known to work well on Solaris 10 is 3.1.8. You can get a pre-built package of this version from OpenCSW.

Below follows instructions for building the software from scratch, if you so prefer.

Prep work

Install the OpenCSW repository and package manager.

Add paths to development tool dirs to the PATH variable, e.g. by adding this line to .profile


Install netatalk package

To install the prebuilt binary package for netatalk, do:

pkgutil -y -i netatalk

Build from source

These instructions are for building netatalk from scratch.

Install required packages

pkgutil -y -i git libtool automake autoconf pkgconfig gcc5core berkeleydb48_devel libgcrypt_dev libevent_dev

Configure and build

env PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/opt/csw/lib/pkgconfig ./configure \
    --with-init-style=solaris \
    --with-libgcrypt-dir=/opt/csw \
    --with-pam-confdir=/etc/pam.d \
    --with-bdb=/opt/csw/bdb48 \
make install


Start Netatalk.

svcadm enable svc:/network/netatalk:default

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Last updated 2024-05-13