testsuite, failures galore
marlowsd at gmail.com
Tue May 31 14:44:58 CEST 2011
On 31/05/2011 13:24, Daniel Fischer wrote:
> On Tuesday 31 May 2011 12:31:36, Simon Marlow wrote:
>>> The ticket has low priority, but if anybody has an idea how to check
>>> whether libbfd depends on libz in the configure script, I'd appreciate
>> Could you install a shared version of libbfd?
> I have one,
> $ locate libbfd
> The problem is, as far as I can tell, that a) libbfd.a is picked up instead
> of the .so in the first place, and b) that both depend on libz:
> $ ldd /usr/lib/libbfd-126.96.36.19900122-6.so
> linux-gate.so.1 => (0xffffe000)
> libz.so.1 => /lib/libz.so.1 (0xb743e000)
> libc.so.6 => /lib/libc.so.6 (0xb72d3000)
> /lib/ld-linux.so.2 (0xb76fd000)
What you need is libbfd.so, which is a symbolic link to the versioned
library (libbfd-188.8.131.5200122-6.so). This is normally installed by
the development version of the library (e.g. libbfd-dev on
The shared version has the dependency built-in, so the GHC build system
wouldn't have to do anything (that's how it works here).
> I'm far from an expert, but as far as I can see, there is already such a
> test, in configure.ac:
> AC_CHECK_LIB(bfd, bfd_init)
I think that only tests for the presence of the symbol in the library,
it doesn't test that compiling an executable against that library
> with a test using bfd_init in configure. Unfortunately, that doesn't detect
> if libz is needed without using some functions depending on it.
> If I had the slightest idea how to make it detect the dependency on libz, I
> happily would, but I've not yet found any introduction to shell scripting
> or using autotools accessible to a complete beginner.
Yes, I'm afraid the learning curve is a bit steep. It's so hard to get
right that I wouldn't even attempt to try to fix it without a machine to
test on! A good place to start would be tests that do similar things -
a quick look at the code suggests AC_COMPILE_IFFELSE and AC_LINK_IFFELSE
might be useful, also FP_CHECK_FUNC looks like it might do what you want.
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