Static compilation of cpuminer

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If you want to compile cpuminer statically, you will notice it fails quite fast with the output similar to:

cpuminer-util.o: In function `stratum_connect':
util.c:(.text+0x333b): undefined reference to `curl_easy_perform'
util.c:(.text+0x335f): undefined reference to `curl_easy_cleanup'
util.c:(.text+0x3390): undefined reference to `curl_easy_setopt'
cpuminer-util.o: In function `stratum_disconnect':
util.c:(.text+0x3422): undefined reference to `curl_easy_cleanup'
cpuminer-util.o: In function `stratum_handle_method':
util.c:(.text+0x4f41): undefined reference to `curl_easy_cleanup'
collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status
Makefile:1397: recipe for target 'cpuminer' failed

This is because you don't have the right version of libraries and development packages installed in your system.

To compile cpuminer statically, you will need to:

  • compile and install OpenSSL
  • compile and install curl (libcurl)
  • slightly modify cpuminer compilation flags

Compiling will make a bit of a mess in your system - lots of packages installed, and compiling from source leaves lots of things on your system (depending how much time you want to invest in it).

Therefore, it's easiest if you compile in a separate VM (i.e. KVM) or container (i.e. LXD).

Also, you may want to use a new version of gcc - in theory, newer gcc produces slightly faster binaries.

Compilation below was made on Ubuntu 17.10, but should also work on other Ubuntu flavours and on Debian, and with little modifications (installed package names) on other distributions, like CentOS, Fedora etc.

OpenSSL compilation

You have to compile OpenSSL first - because libcurl will use it.

# cd /usr/src
# wget
# tar xpf openssl-1.1.0g.tar.gz
# cd openssl-1.1.0g

In the "config" file, make sure to add options= line as in a diff below, around line 644:

# diff -u config.orig config
--- config.orig 2017-11-02 14:29:02.000000000 +0000
+++ config      2017-11-22 15:11:47.479956928 +0000
@@ -644,6 +644,7 @@
+           options="$options no-shared"
        fi ;;
         # On machines where the compiler understands -m32, prefer a

Run ./config and make sure no-shared option is listed (marked <----- here below):

# ./config 
Operating system: x86_64-whatever-linux2
Configuring for linux-x86_64
Configuring OpenSSL version 1.1.0g (0x1010007fL)
    no-asan         [default]  OPENSSL_NO_ASAN
    no-crypto-mdebug [default]  OPENSSL_NO_CRYPTO_MDEBUG
    no-crypto-mdebug-backtrace [default]  OPENSSL_NO_CRYPTO_MDEBUG_BACKTRACE
    no-dynamic-engine [forced]  
    no-ec_nistp_64_gcc_128 [default]  OPENSSL_NO_EC_NISTP_64_GCC_128
    no-egd          [default]  OPENSSL_NO_EGD
    no-fuzz-afl     [default]  OPENSSL_NO_FUZZ_AFL
    no-fuzz-libfuzzer [default]  OPENSSL_NO_FUZZ_LIBFUZZER
    no-heartbeats   [default]  OPENSSL_NO_HEARTBEATS
    no-md2          [default]  OPENSSL_NO_MD2 (skip dir)
    no-msan         [default]  OPENSSL_NO_MSAN
    no-rc5          [default]  OPENSSL_NO_RC5 (skip dir)
    no-sctp         [default]  OPENSSL_NO_SCTP
    no-shared       [option]                          <----------------------- here
    no-ssl-trace    [default]  OPENSSL_NO_SSL_TRACE
    no-ssl3         [default]  OPENSSL_NO_SSL3
    no-ssl3-method  [default]  OPENSSL_NO_SSL3_METHOD
    no-ubsan        [default]  OPENSSL_NO_UBSAN
    no-unit-test    [default]  OPENSSL_NO_UNIT_TEST
    no-weak-ssl-ciphers [default]  OPENSSL_NO_WEAK_SSL_CIPHERS
    no-zlib         [default] 
    no-zlib-dynamic [default] 
Configuring for linux-x86_64

Finally, run make and make install - the process should finish without any errors:

# make -j 8  # assuming you have 8 CPUs
# make install

curl / libcurl compilation

# cd /usr/src
# wget
# unzip
# cd curl-master/

Run ./buildconf - you may need to install a couple of extra packages - like in an example below. Typically, you will need to install autoconf and libtool packages. Make sure they are all installed and ./buildconf runs without errors:

# ./buildconf 
buildconf: autoconf not found.
            You need autoconf version 2.57 or newer installed.

Run ./configure with --disable-shared flag - it should finish without errors, and you should see "Build libcurl: Shared=no, Static=yes" in the summary at the end:

# ./configure --disable-shared
configure: Configured to build curl/libcurl:

  curl version:     7.57.0-DEV
  Host setup:       x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
  Install prefix:   /usr/local
  Compiler:         gcc
  SSL support:      no      (--with-{ssl,gnutls,nss,polarssl,mbedtls,cyassl,axtls,winssl,darwinssl} )
  SSH support:      no      (--with-libssh2)
  zlib support:     no      (--with-zlib)
  brotli support:   no      (--with-brotli)
  GSS-API support:  no      (--with-gssapi)
  TLS-SRP support:  no      (--enable-tls-srp)
  resolver:         POSIX threaded
  IPv6 support:     enabled
  Unix sockets support: enabled
  IDN support:      no      (--with-{libidn2,winidn})
  Build libcurl:    Shared=no, Static=yes                <------------------ here
  Built-in manual:  enabled
  --libcurl option: enabled (--disable-libcurl-option)
  Verbose errors:   enabled (--disable-verbose)
  SSPI support:     no      (--enable-sspi)
  ca cert bundle:   /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt
  ca cert path:     no
  ca fallback:      no
  LDAP support:     no      (--enable-ldap / --with-ldap-lib / --with-lber-lib)
  LDAPS support:    no      (--enable-ldaps)
  RTSP support:     enabled
  RTMP support:     no      (--with-librtmp)
  metalink support: no      (--with-libmetalink)
  PSL support:      no      (libpsl not found)
  HTTP2 support:    disabled (--with-nghttp2)

Finally, run:

# make -j 8
# make install

cpuminer compilation

Now, we can compile cpuminer. We will use cpuminer-opt below:

# cd /usr/src
# wget -O
# unzip
# cd cpuminer-opt-master/

Open "" file and change it as in the diff below (added LDFLAGS="-static"):

---       2017-11-21 03:19:15.000000000 +0100
+++    2017-11-24 14:46:15.000000000 +0100
@@ -18,7 +18,7 @@
 # Debian 7.7 / Ubuntu 14.04 (gcc 4.7+)
 #extracflags="$extracflags -Ofast -flto -fuse-linker-plugin -ftree-loop-if-convert-stores"
-CFLAGS="-O3 -march=native -Wall" CXXFLAGS="$CFLAGS -std=gnu++11" ./configure --with-curl
+CFLAGS="-O3 -march=native -Wall" CXXFLAGS="$CFLAGS -std=gnu++11" LDFLAGS="-static" ./configure --with-curl
 make -j 4

Now, run ./ to compile a static version of cpuminer - the command should finish without any errors:

# ./

To verify the binary was compiled as a static one, run "file" - you should see "statically linked" in the output:

# file cpuminer
cpuminer: ELF 64-bit LSB executable, x86-64, version 1 (GNU/Linux), statically linked, for GNU/Linux 3.2.0, BuildID[sha1]=f36942ceb71fed6e89c57b265b59fb6076f37e37, stripped

If on the other hand you see "dynamically linked" - it means that it's not a static compilation of cpuminer:

cpuminer: ELF 64-bit LSB shared object, x86-64, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked, interpreter /lib64/, for GNU/Linux 3.2.0, BuildID[sha1]=b20c1bc37156485a74f1dd3f78d81e0ee1ab5b63, stripped

testing / benchmarking

To see if it's running, use:

# ./cpuminer --benchmark -a lyra2z

         **********  cpuminer-opt 3.7.3  *********** 
     A CPU miner with multi algo support and optimized for CPUs
     with AES_NI and AVX extensions.
     BTC donation address: 12tdvfF7KmAsihBXQXynT6E6th2c2pByTT
     Forked from TPruvot's cpuminer-multi with credits
     to Lucas Jones, elmad, palmd, djm34, pooler, ig0tik3d,
     Wolf0, Jeff Garzik and Optiminer.

CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-7440HQ CPU @ 2.80GHz
CPU features: SSE2 AES AVX AVX2
SW built on Nov 24 2017 with GCC 7.2.0
SW features: SSE2 AES AVX AVX2
Algo features: SSE2 AES AVX AVX2
Start mining with SSE2 AES AVX2

[2017-11-24 14:36:45] 4 miner threads started, using 'lyra2z' algorithm.
[2017-11-24 14:36:46] CPU #1: 65.54 kH, 103.42 kH/s
[2017-11-24 14:36:46] CPU #3: 65.54 kH, 103.16 kH/s
[2017-11-24 14:36:46] Total: 131.07 kH, 206.58 kH/s, 50C
[2017-11-24 14:36:46] CPU #2: 65.54 kH, 100.06 kH/s
[2017-11-24 14:36:46] CPU #0: 65.54 kH, 97.43 kH/s


"Illegal instruction" when trying to run on a different server

The binary may fail to run with "Illegal instruction" if it was compiled on a server with CPU newer than the one you're trying to run it now.

When you start cpuminer in benchmark or in real running mode, you will see it prints some CPU features, and "SW features", among other things:

CPU features: SSE2 AES AVX AVX2
SW built on Nov 24 2017 with GCC 7.2.0
SW features: SSE2 AES AVX AVX2 <-------------- here
Algo features: SSE2 AES AVX AVX2
Start mining with SSE2 AES AVX2

If your CPU features are lower than SW features (i.e. if the CPU does not support AVX2), the program will crash with "Illegal instruction".

Solution: building a binary with different "-march" flags. Examples are given in README.txt file:

cpuminer-sse2.exe         -march=core2,      Core2   
cpuminer-sse42.exe        -march=corei7,     Nehalem
cpuminer-aes-sse42.exe    -maes -msse4.2     Westmere
cpuminer-aes-avx.exe      -march=corei7-avx, Sandybridge, Ivybridge
cpuminer-aes-avx2.exe     -march=core-avx2,  Haswell, Broadwell, Skylake, Kabylake

Simply edit file, and change -march=native i.e. to -march=corei7-avx.

For example, a binary built with -march=core2 will give the following output:

CPU features: SSE2 AES AVX AVX2
SW built on Nov 24 2017 with GCC 7.2.0
SW features: SSE2
Algo features: SSE2 AES AVX AVX2
Start mining with SSE2

"FATAL: kernel too old" when trying to run on a different server

The following means that you compiled cpuminer on a much newer operating system (i.e. cpuminer was compiled on Ubuntu 17.10, which is kernel 4.13, but you're trying to run it on CentOS 6, which is kernel 2.6.18):

# ./cpuminer
FATAL: kernel too old
Segmentation fault

Try building a binary on a similar system.

common compilation errors

  • ./../depcomp: line 611: exec: g++: not found

Install g++ package.

  • cc1plus: error: unrecognized command line option "-std=gnu++11"

Your compiler is too old. Most likely you won't be able to build without some big changes in cpuminer code.

  • algo/m7m.c:4:10: fatal error: gmp.h: No such file or directory

Install libgmp-dev package.

  • /usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lz

Install zlib1g-dev package.

  • algo/m7m.c:206:5: error: unknown type name 'mp_bitcnt_t'; did you mean '__blkcnt_t'?

Your gmp library is too old (probably compiling on CentOS 6?).

Remove any gmp library development files, download the sources and compile:

# rpm -e gmp-devel gmp-static mpfr-devel
# wget
# tar xpf gmp-6.1.2.tar.xz
# cd gmp-6.1.2
# ./configure
# make -j 8
# make install

  • timeval.c:(.text+0xf): undefined reference to `clock_gettime

You may see it when building on CentOS 6. Add -static to CXXFLAGS in

CFLAGS="-O3 -march=native -Wall" CXXFLAGS="$CFLAGS -std=gnu++11 -static" ./configure --with-curl

and add -lrt in, around line 181:

cpuminer_LDADD<>= @LIBCURL@ @JANSSON_LIBS@ @PTHREAD_LIBS@ @WS2_LIBS@ -lssl -lcrypto -lgmp -lrt