Preparing binutils-2.14 for compiliation on Linux 2.4 20-8 RH9 desktop

Barry Sharpe bsharpe at
Mon Feb 2 03:22:49 PST 2004

Error : Too many levels of symbolic links.

This may have more to do with an unstable host OS. I am getting odd errors with gnome especially when i try to access a terminal window which on some occations just reboots the computer or i lose the desktop.
However, the OS has become unstable since working on the LFS project, so it may be that this error is affecting the desktop. As i intend to use the LFS OS i am hoping to keep RH9 alive until i am in a position to ditch it.

On attempt to prepare binutils for compare i get the following message:

loading cache ./config.cache
checking host system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
checking target system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
checking build system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
gcc: installation problem, cannot exec 'as': Too many levels of symbolic links
***The command 'gcc -o conftest -02   conftest.c' failed.
***You must set the environment variable CC to a working compiler.

I issued the su - lfs command the .bash_profile script for this user is.
set +h
unmask 022

i have also tried su - lfs with the following lines added as i found in various internet searches.


i have tried to troubleshoot this a little bit further and come to an interesting impass when i try to meerly cd into the tools symbolic link directory which is located in 
/home/lfs/tools i get

bash: cd: tools: Too many levels of symbolic links.

is the compiler trying to do the same thing? i have issued the pwd -P in the lfs home directory all it shows is 

finaly the echo $PATH gives me 
I have done some searches in the archives and have seen this symptom. but the solutions do not appear to work in this instance. This could be me as i am a newbie.
Thanks for any insights? 

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