Introduction to Serf

The Serf package contains a C-based HTTP client library built upon the Apache Portable Runtime (APR) library. It multiplexes connections, running the read/write communication asynchronously. Memory copies and transformations are kept to a minimum to provide high performance operation.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.3 platform.

Package Information

  • Download (HTTP):

  • Download MD5 sum: 370a6340ff20366ab088012cd13f2b57

  • Download size: 144 KB

  • Estimated disk space required: 3.2 MB (additional 3 MB for the tests)

  • Estimated build time: less than 0.1 SBU (additional 0.5 SBU for the tests)

Serf Dependencies


Apr-Util-1.6.1 and SCons-3.0.0


MIT Kerberos V5-1.16.1, for the GSSAPI

User Notes:

Installation of Serf

Install Serf by running the following commands:

sed -i "/Append/s:RPATH=libdir,::"          SConstruct &&
sed -i "/Default/s:lib_static,::"           SConstruct &&
sed -i "/Alias/s:install_static,::"         SConstruct &&
sed -i "/  print/{s/print/print(/; s/$/)/}" SConstruct &&

scons PREFIX=/usr

To test the results, issue: scons check. The tests currently will cause a hang.

Now, as the root user:

scons PREFIX=/usr install

Command Explanations

sed -i "...": The first command removes the runtime path from a shared library and the next two commands disable building and installing of the static library. The last command corrects for changes in scons-3.x.

GSSAPI=/usr: Use this switch if you have installed a GSSAPI library and you want serf to use it.


Installed Programs: None
Installed Library:
Installed Directory: /usr/include/serf-1

Short Descriptions

contains the Serf API functions.

Last updated on 2018-08-14 19:28:50 -0700