I have compiled source codes some times for some Linux programs, so I was wondering if it could be done too for Raspberry.

I have a Raspberry Pi 2 running Ubuntu v14.04.2 LTS.
I don't know if the compiling procedure is generic for any (or most) programs, so I have decided to try with a rather simple one: PeerVPN, a simple tool that creates a new virtual interface device connected to some server.

Here is the source code.
But when trying to compile, I get:

luis@Zarzamoro:~/Temporal/PeerVPN/peervpn-0-042$ ls -la
total 120
drwxr-xr-x 5 luis luis  4096 Jan 21 00:28 .
drwxrwxr-x 3 luis luis  4096 Jun 28 02:17 ..
-rw-r--r-- 1 luis luis  9156 Jan 21 00:25 config.ic
-rw-r--r-- 1 luis luis  3737 Jan 21 00:25 console.ic
drwxr-xr-x 2 luis luis  4096 Jan 21 00:25 ethernet
-rw-r--r-- 1 luis luis  2012 Jan 21 00:25 globals.ic
-rw-r--r-- 1 luis luis  8516 Jan 21 00:25 init.ic
drwxr-xr-x 2 luis luis  4096 Jan 21 00:25 libp2psec
-rw-r--r-- 1 luis luis 35147 Jan 21 00:25 license.txt
-rw-r--r-- 1 luis luis  8262 Jan 21 00:25 mainloop.ic
-rw-r--r-- 1 luis luis   160 Jan 21 00:25 Makefile
-rw-r--r-- 1 luis luis  3420 Jan 21 00:28 peervpn.c
-rw-r--r-- 1 luis luis  7067 Jan 21 00:25 peervpn.conf
drwxr-xr-x 2 luis luis  4096 Jan 21 00:25 platform
-rw-r--r-- 1 luis luis  3600 Jan 21 00:25 pwd.ic
luis@Zarzamoro:~/Temporal/PeerVPN/peervpn-0-042$ sudo apt-get install gcc
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
gcc is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
luis@Zarzamoro:~/Temporal/PeerVPN/peervpn-0-042$ make
cc -O2   -c -o peervpn.o peervpn.c
peervpn.c:22:28: fatal error: openssl/engine.h: No such file or directory
 #include <openssl/engine.h>
compilation terminated.
make: *** [peervpn.o] Error 1

What is wrong here? Any missing library that can be fixed?
Is this some fatal error telling it is not possible to compile this source for Raspberry?
Or generic Linux sources can never be compiled on Raspberry? Do I need something like an appropriate guide to follow for this task?

Additional Points:

  • Like GCC, OpenSSL is installed, at its latest version.

1 Answer 1


seems like you are missing the development openssl package. you can try this:

sudo apt-get install libssl-dev
  • Indeed, after installing such package, everything worked like a charm, thanks you. Commented Jun 28, 2015 at 3:18

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