installing binutils

Allard Welter allard at
Sat Jan 10 07:02:54 PST 2004

On Saturday 10 January 2004 14:56, Trapp wrote:
> Hi
> I'm trying to install binutils but when I do
> configure \ --prefix=/tools --disable-nls
> It gives me the error:   configure:  warning:  --prefix=/tools:  invalid
> host type
> Any idea what the problem is?
> Appreciate the help ;-)


It is because of the way you are entering the command. the \ means continue on 
the next line. configure is now assuming --prefix=/tools is something besides 
an option flag.

Enter the command as follows:
configure --prefix=/tools --disable-nls

To clarify the backslash try the following:
you$ ls \ /
ls:  /: No such file or directory
you$ ls \
> /
bin   dev  home  lost+found  opt   root  tmp  var
boot  etc  lib   mnt         proc  sbin  usr

You will notice that after entering a command ending with \ bash will show you 
a '>' prompt for further input. The '\' is predominantly used in scripts to 
make them more readable.

Regards - Allard.

allard at

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