This chapter explains how to build and install the library.

Before Building

Before building the library, you will need:

First get, build and install the Ada Utility Library.


The library uses the configure script to detect the build environment, check for Ada Utility Library library. The configure script provides several standard options and you may use:

  • --prefix=DIR to control the installation directory,
  • --enable-shared to enable the build of shared libraries,
  • --disable-static to disable the build of static libraries,
  • --enable-distrib to build for a distribution and strip symbols,
  • --disable-distrib to build with debugging support,
  • --enable-coverage to build with code coverage support (-fprofile-arcs -ftest-coverage),
  • --with-ada-util=PATH to control the installation path of Ada Utility Library,
  • --help to get a detailed list of supported options.

In most cases you will configure with the following command:



After configuration is successful, you can build the library by running:


After building, it is good practice to run the unit tests before installing the library. The unit tests are built and executed using:

make test

And unit tests are executed by running the bin/security_harness test program.


The installation is done by running the install target:

make install

If you want to install on a specific place, you can change the prefix and indicate the installation direction as follows:

make install prefix=/opt


To use the library in an Ada project, add the following line at the beginning of your GNAT project file:

with "security";