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Thrift is a lightweight, language-independent software stack with an
associated code generation mechanism for RPC. Thrift provides clean
abstractions for data transport, data serialization, and application
level processing. The code generation system takes a simple definition
language as its input and generates code across programming languages that
uses the abstracted stack to build interoperable RPC clients and servers.
Thrift is specifically designed to support non-atomic version changes
across client and server code.
For more details on Thrift's design and implementation, take a gander at
the Thrift whitepaper included in this distribution or at the README.md files
in your particular subdirectory of interest.
Contains the Thrift compiler, implemented in C++.
Contains the Thrift software library implementation, subdivided by language of implementation. cpp/ go/ java/ php/ py/ rb/
Contains sample Thrift files and test code across the target programming languages.
Contains a basic tutorial that will teach you how to develop software using Thrift.
See http://thrift.apache.org/docs/install for an up-to-date list of build requirements.
More information about Thrift can be obtained on the Thrift webpage at:
Thrift was inspired by pillar, a lightweight RPC tool written by Adam D'Angelo,
and also by Google's protocol buffers.
If you are building from the first time out of the source repository, you will
need to generate the configure scripts. (This is not necessary if you
downloaded a tarball.) From the top directory, do:
Once the configure scripts are generated, thrift can be configured.
From the top directory, do:
You may need to specify the location of the boost files explicitly.
If you installed boost in /usr/local, you would run configure as follows:
Note that by default the thrift C++ library is typically built with debugging
symbols included. If you want to customize these options you should use the
CXXFLAGS option in configure, as such:
./configure CXXFLAGS='-g -O2' ./configure CFLAGS='-g -O2' ./configure CPPFLAGS='-DDEBUG_MY_FEATURE'
To enable gcov required options -fprofile-arcs -ftest-coverage enable them:
Run ./configure --help to see other configuration options
Please be aware that the Python library will ignore the --prefix option
and just install wherever Python's distutils puts it (usually along
the lines of /usr/lib/pythonX.Y/site-packages/). If you need to control
where the Python modules are installed, set the PY_PREFIX variable.
(DESTDIR is respected for Python and C++.)
From the top directory, become superuser and do:
Note that some language packages must be installed manually using build tools
better suited to those languages (at the time of this writing, this applies
to Java, Ruby, PHP).
Look for the README.md file in the lib/<language>/ folder for more details on the
installation of each language library package.
There are a large number of client library tests that can all be run
from the top-level directory.
make -k check
This will make all of the libraries (as necessary), and run through
the unit tests defined in each of the client libraries. If a single
language fails, the make check will continue on and provide a synopsis
at the end.
To run the cross-language test suite, please run:
This will run a set of tests that use different language clients and