binutils pass 1, CC="gcc -B/usr/bin/"

Tomas Klacko tomas.klacko at
Sat Apr 4 14:01:47 PDT 2009

On Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 1:34 AM, Tomas Klacko <tomas.klacko at> wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 12:21 PM, Jack Stone <jwjstone at> wrote:
>> Tomas Klacko wrote:
>>> Ok, I get it now. The ld is compiled again, the second time
>>> with the LIB_PATH set to /tools/lib.
>>> But still, maybe I can afford not to set the CC to "gcc -B/usr/bin/",
>>> and just use the --with-lib-path configure option instead?:
>>> ../binutils-2.18/configure --prefix=/tools --disable-nls \
>>> --disable-werror  --with-lib-path=/tools/lib
>>> make
>>> make install
>> This wouldn't work.
> I went on (curious) to compile gcc pass 1 and yes, it did not work.
> The configure script in the (gcc) intl directory fails (complains
> that "the compiler can not create executables").
> I think I will go and investigate the details later,
> following the LFS book instructions works for me so far.

I think I found at least one reason why it dit not work.

When binutils pass 1 is configured like this:
../binutils-2.18/configure --prefix=/tools --disable-nls \
--disable-werror --with-lib-path=/tools/lib

then the linker (/tools/bin/ld) is told to know only about the /tools/lib
directory. This is because of the --with-lib-path=/tools/lib option.

The next step, gcc pass 1 is configured (like in the LFS book):
CC="gcc -B/usr/bin/" ../gcc-4.3.2/configure --prefix=/tools \
    --with-local-prefix=/tools --disable-nls --disable-shared --disable-libssp \

But the gcc pass 1 compilation fails. This is the interesting line
in my gcc-build/intl/config.log log file:
-B/tools/i686-pc-linux-gnu/bin/ -g -O2 -fomit-frame-pointer
conftest.c  >&5
/tools/i686-pc-linux-gnu/bin/ld: cannot find -lc
which I understand that the linker (/tools/bin/ld) is not able
to find the C library. Well of course it can't find one since
I told it with the --with-lib-path=/tools/lib option to only know
about the /tools/lib directory, and the C library is not yet installed.

When I configure the binutils pass 1 without the --with-lib-path option:
../binutils-2.18/configure --prefix=/tools --disable-nls \
then I can compile and install gcc pass 1 flawlessly. Note that I did not
prepend it with the CC="gcc -B/usr/bin" setting.

Tomas Klacko

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