I am compiling OpenSSL-1.0.1e on Debian Lenny (armv4 architecture). I have been following the instruction on http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/view/svn/postlfs/openssl.html to compile the source code. make and make test are successfully completed. I wonder how I should continue the compiling the file.

Should I do make install or stick to the instruction and do

make MANDIR=/usr/share/man MANSUFFIX=ssl install &&
install -dv -m755 /usr/share/doc/openssl-1.0.1e  &&
cp -vfr doc/*     /usr/share/doc/openssl-1.0.1e

EDIT: I did both of the methods but I still have the old version of the openssl. do I need to copy the openssl binary and paste it to a specific directory (e.g., /usr/bin) to replace the new binary with the old one? How do I suppose to update the program?

EDIT2: make test output: ALL TESTS SUCCESSFUL.

make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/openssl-1.0.1e/test'
OPENSSL_CONF=apps/openssl.cnf util/opensslwrap.sh version -a
OpenSSL 1.0.1e 11 Feb 2013
built on: Mon Jun 10 05:08:05 UTC 2013
platform: dist
options:  bn(32,32) rc4(ptr,int) des(idx,cisc,2,long) idea(int) blowfish(idx) 
compiler: cc -O
OPENSSLDIR: "/usr/local/ssl"

make install output:

make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/openssl-1.0.1e/engines'
making install in apps...
make[1]: Entering directory `/home/openssl-1.0.1e/apps'
installing openssl
installing CA.sh
installing CA.pl
installing tsget
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/openssl-1.0.1e/apps'
making install in test...
make[1]: Entering directory `/home/openssl-1.0.1e/test'
make[1]: Nothing to be done for `install'.
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/openssl-1.0.1e/test'
making install in tools...
make[1]: Entering directory `/home/openssl-1.0.1e/tools'
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/openssl-1.0.1e/tools'
installing libcrypto.a
installing libssl.a
cp libcrypto.pc /usr/local/ssl/lib/pkgconfig
chmod 644 /usr/local/ssl/lib/pkgconfig/libcrypto.pc
cp libssl.pc /usr/local/ssl/lib/pkgconfig
chmod 644 /usr/local/ssl/lib/pkgconfig/libssl.pc
cp openssl.pc /usr/local/ssl/lib/pkgconfig
chmod 644 /usr/local/ssl/lib/pkgconfig/openssl.pc

1 Answer 1


What is probably happening is: Your openssl debian package is placed on /usr/bin, /usr/lib, /usr/share/man, and the compiled one is entirely inside /usr/local/{bin,share,lib}. Your shell finds the /usr/bin binaries first(from the package) and executes it.

You'll need to use the ./config --prefix=/usr while configuring your OpenSSL, but this could overwrite your binaries installed through apt and it could break you system. A better more correct way to compile is to use debian source packages.

Is there any feature that you want that is not compiled on the stable version(http://packages.debian.org/source/wheezy/openssl)?

  • nwilder: I already compiled the source by config --prefix=/usr . I also did apt-get --purge remove openssl then recompiled the source. After make install, if I tyoe openssl, the terminal outputs openssl: No such file or directory. Do you know why make install does not work? The device that I am using does not support squeeze or wheezy because of the processor issue, I can only use Lenny on it
    – sven
    Commented Jun 10, 2013 at 15:06
  • This could be a missing configuration file. Have you created the /etc/ssl/openssl.cnf, or there exists a /etc/ssl ? Cheers
    – user34720
    Commented Jun 10, 2013 at 16:36
  • There is only certs folder inside /etc/ssl. Inside the certs folder, there is only one certificate.. I used the same config options as written on linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/view/svn/postlfs/openssl.html however, /usr/local/ssl/openssl.cnf exists
    – sven
    Commented Jun 10, 2013 at 16:50
  • the openssl is located on /usr/local/ssl/bin, when I execute it, it shows that it is the correct version. however, when I run openssl on the terminal, it shows "-bash: /usr/bin/openssl: No such file or directory" (I purge removed the old openssl). what file do I need to edit so that openssl will be executed when I type it on the terminal?
    – sven
    Commented Jun 10, 2013 at 16:57
  • What about if you add /usr/local/ssl/bin to your $PATH environment variable?
    – user34720
    Commented Jun 10, 2013 at 17:38

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