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Note: this is an internal document intended for Wikimedia system administrators and is not intended for a general audience

Wackamole is a utility for managing virtual IP addresses. We've never used it, this is just about experimental installation.


  • Download from
  • Install spread, see that article for details
  • ./configure --with-cppflags=-I/usr/local/include --with-ldflags=-Wl,-rpath=/usr/local/lib
    • The above line is not a joke, that's how to install it against a default installation of spread. That's not how it says to install it in the docs, if you follow the docs you'll get "configure: error: cannot compute sizeof (char)"
  • Apply some patches as described at [1]. This is where I'll stop for now.