Installing Libmhash on Ubuntu Linux

This short tutorial shows you how to install libmhash on Ubuntu Linux Server. The process is very simple. For this tutorial, I'll be installing libmhash version 0.9.9. Linux kernel is 2.6.15-26-powerpc. I have used a Mac Mini (powerpc/ppc architecture). GCC version number is 4.0.3. Your configuration may be different from mine but the installation steps below should work fine for most configurations with little or no change at all (including other Linux distributions and even unixes e.g. MacOS X).

Libmhash:

According to freshmeat.net,

"mhash is a thread-safe hash library implemented in C, and provides a uniform interface to a large number of hash algorithms (MD5, SHA-1, HAVAL, RIPEMD160, TIGER, GOST). These algorithms can be used to compute checksums, message digests, and other signatures. The HMAC support implements the basics for message authentication, following RFC 2104."

Before starting, please check to see if there is a latest version available to download. Visit http://sourceforge.net/projects/mhash/ to find out about the available versions. IMPORTANT: See Configuring Ubuntu Linux After Installation to install the development tools required to compile and install libmhash from source code.

Steps to download, compile, and install are as follows. Note: Replace 0.9.9 with your version number:

  • Downloading Libmhash:

    Run the command below,

    wget http://superb-east.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/mhash/mhash-0.9.9.tar.gz

  • Extracting files from the downloaded package:

    tar -xvzf mhash-0.9.9.tar.gz

    Now, enter the directory where the package is extracted.

    cd mhash-0.9.9

  • Configuring Libmhash Library:

    ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/mhash

    Replace "/usr/local/mhash" above with the directory path where you want to copy the files and folders. Note: check for any error message.
  • Compiling Libmhash:

    make

    Note: check for any error message.

  • Installing libmhash:

    As root (for privileges on destination directory), run the following.

    With sudo,

    sudo make install

    Without sudo,

    make install

    Note: check for any error messages.

Thats it. Library has bee successfully installed.

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