Marlene - Making adapters behave well.

Synthesizes adapters for open net services.

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Version history

Marlene has been developed for quite some time now. See the ChangeLog for details or try out the older versions.


Marlene is open source software, licensed under the AGPL3+.

Install Marlene


Installing and running Marlene requires a bunch of other tools:

Compiling requires:

  • GCC - The GCC compiler

Testing requires:

  • Autotools test suite - Part of the GNU Auto-Tools for automated Tests
  • LCOV - LCOV is a graphical front-end for GCC's coverage testing tool gcov. It collects gcov data for multiple source files and creates HTML pages containing the source code annotated with coverage information.
  • Valgrind - Valgrind is an instrumentation framework for building dynamic analysis tools. There are Valgrind tools that can automatically detect many memory management and threading bugs, and profile your programs in detail.

Contributing requires:

  • Bison - Gnu parser generator - Bison is a general-purpose parser generator that converts an annotated context-free grammar into a deterministic LR or generalized LR (GLR) parser employing LALR(1) parser tables.
  • GNU Gengetopt - Gengetopt generates a C function that uses getopt_long function to parse the command line options, to validate them and fills a struct .
  • flex: The Fast Lexical Analyzer - Flex is a tool for generating scanners. A scanner, sometimes called a tokenizer, is a program which recognizes lexical patterns in text. The flex program reads user-specified input files, or its standard input if no file names are given, for a description of a scanner to generate.

Quick install

Extract the tar ball into a folder of your choice, and follow the steps below.

  1. Configure
  2. Compile
  3. Test (optional, but recommended)
    make check
  4. Install
    sudo make install


Marlene's manual explains usage, features, and a brief scientifical background.


Marlene's documentation aims at the developer in you. If you are interested in implementation details this is the right place for you to look.


The current maintainer of Marlene is Christian Gierds.


Christian Gierds implemented the main functionality including diagnosis of unadaptability. and Richard Müller implemented the cost-optimization in connection with Candy.


Several people have committed time, code, and advice to the development of Wendy.

  • Christian Gierds (132 commits)
  • Niels Lohmann (20 commits)
  • Richard Müller (5 commits)
  • Christian Sura (2 commits)
  • Andreas Lehmann (2 commits)
  • Jan Sürmeli (1 commit)