Distcc Setup

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Task Name

Setting up distcc, distributed compilation for c/c++ compilers on Linux machines in CDOT.

Task Description

The goal is to eventually set up distcc on all Linux boxes in CDOT, so compiling on any of the computers is distributed on all others.


DistCC Cross-compiling Guide
Frequently asked questions
Linux Knowledge Base: DistCC
DistCC User Manual
Deaseon Moon's Blog
(add more)

Assigned machine

  • Ireland ( - Frankie Law (irc Mini_Cheong), Daeseon Moon (irc daeseon)
  • Germany ( - Andrew Braini(aBraini)
  • Australia ( - Fred Wang (WFred)
  • China ( - Aaron Chan (achan66)
  • Liberia ( - Ladan Zahiroleslam (irc: l_zahir, LZahir)
  • Hongkong ( - Jerry Pau (jPau)
  • India ( - Ryan Wang (rmwang), Tiago Moreira (kamotas)

Status (log your work here)

distcc Setup Steps


To install distcc using yum log on as root "su -" and type “yum search distcc”. Two packages available, install both to run as both client and server. At prompt type “yum install distcc-server” to install server package and “yum install distcc” for client package.


On the server machine the distcc daemon(distccd) needs to be started. At prompt as root type "distccd –-daemon –-user YOURUSERNAME –-allow"

Argument --user is if distccd gets executed as root, change to user USER, --allow IPADDR[/MASK] instructs distccd to accept connections from the IP address. A CIDR mask length can be supplied optionally after a trailing slash, e.g., in which case addresses that match in the most significant MASK bits will be allowed.

Now we need to setup the IPTABLES to allow connections to the distcc daemon. Before doing anything make a backup file of the original iptables file located in /etc/sysconfig/iptables. To do this we simply type “cp /etc/sysconfig/iptables [backupfile name]“. To allow connections type “iptables -I INPUT 7 -i eth0 -p tcp -s –dport 3632 -j ACCEPT”. To apply type “service iptables save”.

Argument -I is insert and -i is and network interface device and -p is protocol -s is source ipaddress and subnet, –dport is destination port and -j is rule.

On the client machine the server names need to be added to the host environment variable DISTCC_HOSTS. Ex: “export DISTCC_HOSTS=’ireland australia’”


Open two SSH connections into the client machine.

In Terminal 1 enter:

$ distccmon-text 1

In Terminal 2 enter:

$ wget http://apache.mirror.rafal.ca/httpd/httpd-2.2.11.tar.gz
$ tar xzvf httpd-2.2.11.tar.gz
$ cd httpd-2.2.11
$ CC=distcc ./configure
$ make -j9 CC=distcc >log 2> error 

(complete this collaboratively) TO-DO

  • hosts saved in hosts file
  • better formatting
  • creating new distccd user with no home-dir for daemon
  • things forgotten or left out.

How to compile with distcc