Small configure issue with argus 3.0.8

Carter Bullard carter at
Mon Sep 15 15:30:29 EDT 2014

Hey Jesse,
Is this with the now stable version of 3.0.8 ???

I’m not sure what may have changed either, but with the
packaging support that we put in, there could have been a
change in the file ???

Is PF_RING putting things in the same place that libpcap is installing???
Could be their issue if they changed something ??  

How does it fail ???  Just complains that it can’t find a libpcap ???

Does the workaround work ???

I’ll want to document your workaround, and then make some changes for
the eventual patch version.

Sorry for any inconvenience !!!!


On Sep 14, 2014, at 8:58 PM, Jesse Bowling <jessebowling at> wrote:

> Hi,
> I use a custom libpcap library (PF_RING) which normally installs the library in /usr/local/lib, and a header file (pcap.h) in /usr/local/include. In the past I’ve had no issues compiling argus against this library. I recently found that now I do have an issue compiling, specifically in that configure is unable to find the pcap.h file. Looking in the configure script starting around line 8480, I see that the --with-libpcap option checks for both the libpcap.a file AND the pcap.h file in the same directory. My workaround is to specify both directories:
> ./configure --with-libpcap=/usr/local/lib --with-libpcap=/usr/local/include
> I suspect either a specific option for the includes directory (such as --with-libpcap-includes) or to check both $dir and $dir/../include for this option. Not sure what changed from previous versions!
> Cheers,
> Jesse

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