Compiling Palo on Mac OS X

I am currently in the process of evaluating Palo for a personal project. The Palo server is an opensource (GPL) in-memory multidimensional database management system, well suited for OLAP. Jedox, the German makers of Palo, market it as a data store for Excel, but it should work well outside this specific usage scenario. They offer pre-compiled binaries for Windows and Linux but not for Mac OS X, so I set out to make one, which was not very hard. I outline the steps here. A downloadable package for Leopard is at the end of the post.

The first thing is to get the source code, stored in a SVN repository on Sourceforge. The code there is not live, that is, it corresponds to the 2.0 release of the product, from 6 months ago. I could not find the source for the 2.5 version currently in beta, so the development process does not seem as open as one could hope. The compilation itself is pretty straightforward (as long as the Mac OS X development tools are installed). Open a terminal, make sure there is no space character in the current path and type:

svn co server
cd server
chmod -R 750 *
./configure && make

If all went well, the compiled “palo” binary should be in the “Programs” folder. To make a complete package I then downloaded and untarred the pre-compiled server package for Linux, deleted the “32bit” and “64bit” directories and added in their places the “palo” binary I just obtained. Additionally, since the syntax for killall is different between *BSD (like Mac OS X) and Linux, I also changed the script to the following :

killall -SIGINT palo

And that should be it! The complete package can be obtained here.

For quick testing, I lauched the server with “./”. By default the API documentation and HTTP interface run on port 7777 (this can be changed inside the “Data/palo.ini” file), so this can be used for testing that all is ok. Here is what should be displayed:

I will try to later write an account of my progress with Palo.

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One thought on “Compiling Palo on Mac OS X

  1. hi Guilhem,
    maybe i´ve the same problem like you. i´m testing with palo since three years and runs pretty cool. but now i wanna try to make my databases accessible for mac-users, but without the client for macoffice it wont work.

    now i found your blogpost and i´m thrilled that it seemingly will work on mac. you uploaded the mac-converted package, but without the excel-addin. with a special reason, is it not possible to compile the addin?

    hoppefully you wont forget the whole stuff about palo since you write the post -one year ago … ;)


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