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Notes on porting the pomdp-solve v4.0 code


This documentation for installing the code assumes a unix-like environment.  Specifically, it assumes that the following programs exist (which they do for most unix systems, even if you have never heard of them before.)

The commercial CPLEX linear programming software is now optional. If you do not have CPLEX, this code will run using the public domain LP solver lp_solve.  If CPLEX is available, we assume that it has been set up properly and that the machine you run this on is licensed to
use CPLEX.

Also, you can probbaly get this going with any ANSI C compiler.  In this case you might have to muck with the Makefile a bit.  There should be enough comments in the Makefile to help you.


There are two ways that you might have received this code: If you received it via email then this section will help if you have never seen or heard of a uuencode file before.  If you received the code via the web, you can skip the discussion about uuencoding and move the the part of the instructions that begin assuming you have the
file: pomdp-solve-4.0.tar.gz.

The code will be at the end of the file in uuencoded form at the very end of this file.  The uuencoded part looks something like this:

begin 644 pomdp-solve-4.0.tgz
<More gibberish omitted to save space>

Cut out everthing from 'begin' to 'end' and put it into its own file and call it 'pomdp-solve-4.0.uu'.  Then type the following command:

 % uudecode -p pomdp-solve-4.0.uu > pomdp-solve-4.0.tgz

At this point you should have the decoded file in the file pomdp-solve-4.0.tgz.This file is a compressed version of a "tar" archive file.  It was compressed with the program 'gzip' after all the
relevant files were joined into one file with the 'tar' program.

Now, move that file into the directory where you want to put the program directory and move into that directory.  e.g., Suppose you wanted to put the program in ~/src, then type the commands:

 % mv pomdp-solve-4.0.tgz ~/src
 % cd ~/src
Now, type the following command:

 % tar zxvf pomdp-solve-4.0.tgz

This both uncompresses the file and unpacks all the files that it contains, e.g., the source files, documentation, examples, etc.

That should do it as far as installing the code.  You should first look at the files in the 'docs' subdirectory and also the files in the 'examples' subdirectory.  Before compiling, you might need to change some things in the Makefile and after that, you can then try typing 'make dep' and then 'make pomdp-solve' and see what happens.


There are a few points I of concerning compiling the code:

1) CPLEX issues: (ignore if you don't have CPLEX)

  a) For the CPLEX license stuff, it will only link/run if we have the following environment variable set:


     This works for me, but we have a fixed CPU license.  A floating license might operate differently.  Either way, the Makefile uses the presence of the environment variable CPLEXLICENSE to decide whether to compile CPLEX into the code or not.

     Also, note that recent versions of CPLEX (4.0 and above) seem to have different include file and library names.  Worse yet is that they have changed all their function names.  I think they now prefix all routines with 'CPLX', however there might be a cplex.old.c file that can help you get around this.  I heard all this second hand so I don't know the details.  Moral of the story: beware the CPLEX specific stuff.

  b) You will need to make sure the location of the CPLEX libraries and include files are known to the code as well as the CPLEX version (3.0 or 4.0).  You can do this by defining the environment variable CPLEX_HOME to be the locations of the top-level CPLEX directory where CPLEX was installed. Also you can define the CPLEX_VERSION variable to be either '3' or '4'. Alternatively, you can change the Makefile to have the home directory and version of your CPLEX stuff.

Here are examples of the environment settings you need if you have CPLEX. Note that the actual values depend upon your particular installation, license and version of CPLEX.

 For csh/tcsh shell:

       setenv CPLEXLICENSE /usr/prop/cplex/cpxlicptr
       setenv CPLEX_HOME /usr/prop/cplex
       setenv CPLEX_VERSION 4

     For bash shell:

       export CPLEXLICENSE=/usr/prop/cplex/cpxlicptr
       export CPLEX_HOME=/usr/prop/cplex
       export CPLEX_VERSION=4

2) The Makefile attempts to automatically adjust the compilation depending upon the operating system type.  Current types I have tried include Linux and Solaris.  The Makefile detects which is being used through the environment variable OSTYPE, so make sure this variable exists and is set to either 'linux' or 'solaris'. For most systems, these will probably exist without you having to do anything.

3) To build the thing, do this:

     make clean
     make dep
     make pomdp-solve

Makefiles are still mysterious to me, so no guarantees that I actually have this set up to work properly.  It works on the few systems I have tried (Linux, Solaris, Solaris with CPLEX 3.0) , and I tried to make it so it would work other places, but that's all I know.

Also, you can do:

     make auto-test

to build and execute a program which automatically runs the code through some simple tests.  This is used to ensure that installation went well and for regression testing on subsequent versions.

If you want, you can also do:

    make clean

to clean up all the object files, libraries, etc. or

     make clean-local

to leave the libraries in tact, but clean up the main pomdp-solve code.

You can run it with:

 % pomdp-solve <args>


 % pomdp-solve -h

gives you the complete list of valid arguments.  See the ./docs
directory for more information.



Not sure if this will be helpful or not, but here is the transcript of what it looks like when I compile the code on linux without CPLEX.

arc on marie % make dep
make -C ./mdp dep
make[1]: Entering directory `/u/arc/proj/pomdp-solve-4.0/mdp'
gcc -E -M  *.[c] > Makefile.depend
make[1]: Leaving directory `/u/arc/proj/pomdp-solve-4.0/mdp'
gcc -E -M -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  *.[c] > Makefile.depend
arc on marie % make
make -C ./mdp libmdp.a
make[1]: Entering directory `/u/arc/proj/pomdp-solve-4.0/mdp'
bison -v -d parser.y
gcc -g     -c parser.tab.c
flex scanner.l
gcc -g     -c lex.yy.c
gcc -g     -c imm-reward.c
gcc -g     -c parse_err.c
gcc -g     -c parse_hash.c
gcc -g     -c sparse-matrix.c
gcc -g     -c mdp.c
ar -crv libmdp.a parser.tab.o lex.yy.o imm-reward.o parse_err.o parse_hash.o sparse-matrix.o mdp.o
a - parser.tab.o
a - lex.yy.o
a - imm-reward.o
a - parse_err.o
a - parse_hash.o
a - sparse-matrix.o
a - mdp.o
make[1]: Leaving directory `/u/arc/proj/pomdp-solve-4.0/mdp'
make -C ./lp_solve liblpk.a
make[1]: Entering directory `/u/arc/proj/pomdp-solve-4.0/lp_solve_2.2'
gcc -g -Wall -pedantic -ansi -DSYSLINUX   -c lpkit.c -o lpkit.o
gcc -g -Wall -pedantic -ansi -DSYSLINUX   -c solve.c -o solve.o
gcc -g -Wall -pedantic -ansi -DSYSLINUX   -c debug.c -o debug.o
gcc -g -Wall -pedantic -ansi -DSYSLINUX   -c read.c -o read.o
read.c: In function `read_lp_file':
read.c:572: warning: implicit declaration of function `yyparse'
gcc -g -Wall -pedantic -ansi -DSYSLINUX   -c readmps.c -o readmps.o
gcc -g -Wall -pedantic -ansi -DSYSLINUX   -c hash.c -o hash.o
gcc -g -Wall -pedantic -ansi -DSYSLINUX   -c presolve.c -o presolve.o
bison -y lp.y
mv y.tab.c lp.c
flex lex.l
mv lex.yy.c lex.c
gcc -g -Wall -pedantic -ansi -DSYSLINUX   -c lp.c -o lp.o
/usr/lib/bison.simple: In function `yyparse':
/usr/lib/bison.simple:327: warning: implicit declaration of function `yyerror'
/usr/lib/bison.simple:387: warning: implicit declaration of function `yylex'
lp.y:99: warning: implicit declaration of function `check_decl'
lex.yy.c: In function `yy_init_buffer':
In file included from lp.y:204:
lex.yy.c:1362: warning: implicit declaration of function `fileno'
lex.yy.c: At top level:
lex.yy.c:1116: warning: `yyunput' defined but not used
ar rv liblpk.a lpkit.o solve.o debug.o read.o readmps.o hash.o presolve.o lp.o
a - lpkit.o
a - solve.o
a - debug.o
a - read.o
a - readmps.o
a - hash.o
a - presolve.o
a - lp.o
ranlib liblpk.a
make[1]: Leaving directory `/u/arc/proj/pomdp-solve-4.0/lp_solve_2.2'
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c global.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c timing.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c random.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c pomdp.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c alpha.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c stats.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c params.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c projection.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c lp-interface.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c region.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c parsimonious.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c neighbor.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c common.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c witness.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c cross-sum.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c enumeration.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c inc-prune.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c two-pass.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c vertex-enum.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c linear-support.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c policy-graph.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c cmd-line.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c signal-handler.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c pomdp-solve.c
gcc    -DSYSLINUX   -g -pedantic -I./mdp -I./lp_solve  -c main.c
gcc -o pomdp-solve  -L./mdp -L./lp_solve  global.o timing.o random.o pomdp.o alpha.o stats.o params.o projection.o lp-interface.o region.o parsimonious.o neighbor.o common.o witness.o cross-sum.o enumeration.o inc-prune.o two-pass.o vertex-enum.o linear-support.o policy-graph.o cmd-line.o signal-handler.o pomdp-solve.o main.o   -lmdp -llpk  -lm

Last updated: 01/31/99