Filebeat compile on OpenBSD 6.0

I would like to run Filebeat 5.0 on an OpenBSD 6.0 server.

The current version of Go on OpenBSD is 1.6 and it would appear that there is a dependency on the Go 1.7 (specifically, a failing context import error, related to moving context into the Go 'core').

Is there a way to compile with Go 1.6?


You can install Go 1.7 by building it from source. Then use that to build Beats.

Thanks Andrew, I actually have built Go 1.7.

But currently Go 1.7 is only available on head (as opposed to stable or current), I typically prefer to track stable, as there are fewer surprises.

Thus my question about 1.6.

You would have to patch it. Probably it's just the add_cloud_metadata processor that's causing you an issue. You could just remove that file if you aren't using that processor type.

This is just for reference for anyone who wants to build filebeat 5.0 for OpenBSD 6.0

  • NOTE: To build, /usr/ will have to have more disk space then normal 'default' partition. Consider deleting all the partitions except swap and add all back on one '/'

  • Fetching the ports tree:

cd /tmp
  • Validate:
signify -Cp /etc/signify/openbsd-$(uname -r | cut -c 1,3) -x SHA256.sig ports.tar.gz
Signature Verified
ports.tar.gz: OK
  • Consider using screen to run builds that take a long time:
export PKG_PATH=""
sudo pkg_add screen
  • Untar:
cd /usr
sudo tar xzf /tmp/ports.tar.gz
  • Update from cvs, tracking HEAD:
cd /usr
sudo cvs -d get -rHEAD -P ports
  • Build go:
cd /usr/ports/lang/go
sudo make install
  • Files are available in:
ls /usr/ports/packages/amd64/all                                                                                                                                                       
  • Install dependencies to build filebeat:
export PKG_PATH="http://mirror/pub/OpenBSD/6.0/packages/amd64/"
sudo pkg_add git gmake
  • Then regular checkout and build of filebeat:
mkdir ~/go
export GOPATH=~/go
mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/
cd $GOPATH/src/
git clone
  • List and switch to the appropriate branch, release 5.0:
cd beats
git branch -a
git checkout -b remotes/origin/5.0
git branch -a
git fetch
git checkout 5.0
  • Build:
cd filebeat
go get

Edit to add pkg_add of git and gmake

@Gordo Thanks a lot for sharing all these details with the community :thumbsup:

NP, just a past of my install notes.

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