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February 17, 2011, 10:32:13 AM
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I have just upgraded my shared hosting account to a VPS, mainly so that I could experiment with the bitcoin deamon. However, after attempting to run bitcoind, I get the error:

./bitcoind: /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6: version `GLIBCXX_3.4.9' not found (required by ./bitcoind)
./bitcoind: /lib/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.7' not found (required by ./bitcoind)

Searching these forums and google it appears that the version of bitcoin downloaded from bitcoin.org is not compatible with my operating system without editing the source? This, I'm afraid is probably beyond me at this point.

My hosting company offers several different operating systems (I currently have their default which is Centos 5), so I figure it's probably best for me to just ask them to change me over to another. Their options are: 

Ubuntu 8.04
Ubuntu 8.10
Debian 4
Debian 5
Fedora 9
Centos (Redhat Enterprise) 5

Can someone make a recommendation as to which one bitcoin is likely to install on 'out of the box'?

I don't know the differences between them, so I think I just want the most common one, that way when I am troubleshooting the advice I can find on Google will more likely be relevant.

Any help / advice is appreciated.

Thanks

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February 17, 2011, 10:49:30 AM
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Looks to me like you are just missing some C/C++ libraries. Probably you can easily download them, but I am not a C programmer so not sure.

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February 17, 2011, 10:55:21 AM
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Your glibc is not compatible with glibc used for building the binary,

It's best if you compile bitcoin from the source. It is rather straightforward. Follow the instructions from build-unix.txt.

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February 17, 2011, 08:40:08 PM
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I have never had problems using the binaries from sourceforge with ubuntu (9.10, 10.04, 10.10)

I would recommend Ubuntu 8.10 or just compile it from source on your preferred OS.

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February 17, 2011, 09:01:20 PM
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The linux binaries are built on Ubuntu 9.04; that's the earliest ubuntu that has all the required dependencies.

Ubuntu and Debian are kissing cousins; Debian 5 would be a good choice if they don't have an Ubuntu that's more recent than 8.10.

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February 18, 2011, 10:57:12 AM
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Thanks, I shall try Debian 5.

I tried looking at the instructions in build-unix.txt, but unless these things work perfectly step by step first time, I find it very difficult to know what to do differently. This is my first time using any command line system, so I am still learning - slowly, but will get there.

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