error compiling X

David C david at
Sat Nov 2 13:31:03 PST 2002

On Saturday 02 November 2002 02:58 pm, you wrote:

> Hmmm, something funny is going on with your system.  One point
> is you should read the thread on optimizations.  The -O3 stuff
> you use most likely _slows_ down your system.  In your other
> post, you were not editing C code.  Did you have optimizations on
> when you compiled gcc or glibc?  X should be a _very_ simple install.
> I have built X dozens of times with no errors and X is built
> thousands of times by many people.  I really think it is something in
> your tool chain.  Maybe a typo when you were building your base LFS
> system, or compiling gcc or glibc with optimizations?  Since you have
> not built many packages beyond the base LFS, maybe it is a good idea
> to start over?
> Jim Drabb

Sigh this is very frustrating. No, I did not use any optimizations when 
compiling gcc or glibc nor any other packages that the LFS book said I 

I think it is something in my system too, but here is the odd thing:

Altogether I found "errors" in 4 files:

In two of them it was a missing ";" in the other two it was an extra 
";". It's as if the semi-colon's from the first two files somehow 
warped to the other two.

Because of this, I suspected corrupted downloads, but the md5sums check 
out perfectly. I even downloaded fresh sources via ftp, verified 
md5sums, unpacked them, and found that sure enough, the "errors" were 
in them too.

This is the damndest thing I ever saw. I don't see how this could be 
cause by a bad glibc or gcc. In fact, I can't even see it being the ftp 
program, because I originally downloaded the files using gFTP from 
within my host, and this last time I used ftp from command line, also 
from my host.

I suppose I'll have to start over, sigh.

Oh, by the way. After "fixing" those 4 files, make World did finish with 
no errors, but make install gives the following error:

gcc -O2 -fomit-frame-pointer -fno-strength-reduce -march=i386 
-mcpu=athlon-tbird -ansi -pedantic -pipe   -I../../include/extensions  
-I../.. -I../../exports/include   -Dlinux -D__i386__ 
-o xkbparse.o xkbparse.c
xkbparse.y: In function `yyparse':
xkbparse.y:329: `VarCrdepending' undeclared (first use in this function)
xkbparse.y:329: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once
xkbparse.y:329: for each function it appears in.)
xkbparse.y:329: parse error before "in"
xkbparse.y:330: stray '`' in program
xkbparse.y:330:58: missing terminating ' character
xkbparse.y:330:58: empty character constant
xkbparse.y:335: stray '`' in program
xkbparse.y:335:57: missing terminating ' character
xkbparse.y:335:57: empty character constant
xkbparse.y:337: stray '`' in program
xkbparse.y:337:49: missing terminating ' character
xkbparse.y:337:49: empty character constant
xkbparse.y:339: stray '`' in program
xkbparse.y:339:40: missing terminating ' character
xkbparse.y:339:40: empty character constant
make[3]: *** [xkbparse.o] Error 1
make[3]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/xc/programs/xkbcomp'
make[2]: *** [install] Error 2
make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/xc/programs'
make[1]: *** [install] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/xc'
make: *** [install] Error 2

I have no choice but to start over I think. This problem is still way 
too far beyond my current ability to solve.

If it happens to anyone else, or anyone finds a solution, I'd love to 
hear about it.


David C.
Linux user #277013
david at desolateonline dot com

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