Can't activate guestadditions in VirtualBox in Slackware
Hi, I am relatively new to Linux but keen to learn.
I am running VirtualBox 2.1.4 on Ubuntu 8.10. I am trying to install guest additions in Slackware 12.2 but keep getting the following error:
Thanks in advance.
Hope I'm not breaking any rules by suggesting a post on virtualbox's forum.
First, I am extrapolating from other similar problems, so take this with a grain of salt.
The visible error is
gcc: error trying to exec 'as': execvp: No such file or directory
yet the gcc command
gcc -Wp,-MD,/tmp/selfgz317613971/module/test/.test.o.d -nostdinc -isystem /usr/lib/gcc/i486-slackware-linux/4.2.4/include -D__KERNEL__ -Iinclude -I/usr/src/linux-188.8.131.52/arch/x86/include -include include/linux/autoconf.h -Wall -Wundef -Wstrict-prototypes -Wno-trigraphs -fno-strict-aliasing -fno-common -Werror-implicit-function-declaration -O2 -m32 -msoft-float -mregparm=3 -freg-struct-return -mpreferred-stack-boundary=2 -march=i686 -mtune=generic -ffreestanding -pipe -Wno-sign-compare -fno-asynchronous-unwind-tables -mno-sse -mno-mmx -mno-sse2 -mno-3dnow -Iinclude/asm-x86/mach-default -fno-stack-protector -fno-omit-frame-pointer -fno-optimize-sibling-calls -pg -Wdeclaration-after-statement -Wno-pointer-sign -I/lib/modules/184.108.40.206-smp/build/include -I/tmp/selfgz317613971/module/test/ -I/tmp/selfgz317613971/module/test/include -I/tmp/selfgz317613971/module/test/r0drv/linux -D__KERNEL__ -DMODULE -DRT_OS_LINUX -DIN_RING0 -D_X86_ -DIN_RT_R0 -DIN_SUP_R0 -DVBGL_VBOXGUEST -DVBGL_HGCM -DVBOX_WITH_HGCM -DMODULE -D"KBUILD_STR(s)=#s" -D"KBUILD_BASENAME=KBUILD_STR(test)" -D"KBUILD_MODNAME=KBUILD_STR(vboxadd_test)" -c -o /tmp/selfgz317613971/module/test/test.o /tmp/selfgz317613971/module/test/test.c
does not show a use of "as" as a command, nor is "as" an isolated parameter. So the question is where did the "as" come from?
I don't have the time to look up the exact option, but if I remember correctly gcc has an option to expand out the variables in the command line and print that out. Doing so should show you where the "as" came from and then you can work from there.
Like I said, take with a grain of salt.
Took a quick search for the gcc option to expand the variables and didn't see one, then thought that the shell, e.g. Bash, could be expanding the variables.
Not being a Bash expert, can someone tell him the command to show expand bash commands before they are executed or where they would be in a capture log.
While I am not sure of how to capture the expansion of the variables on Linux, being a Windows developer, the error is originating from the gcc command an until you get a look at the command being executed, not the command displayed on the screen, you will be blind to the problem.
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