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Slackware 13.37 and Openembedded

Posted 06-04-2012 at 01:21 AM by D1ver
Updated 06-06-2012 at 07:48 PM by D1ver

Openembedded is a handy way to crosscompile software for embedded devices. After spending most of the day struggling to get the initial build process to complete on Slackware I figured I'd make a post here in the hopes of saving someone some time in the future.

Required Software:
OE lists the required software at
I found the following packages at
- help2man
- chrpath
and built texinfo using src2pkg with the source from

The biggest showstopper, was failing to build with the following error
RROR: TaskFailed event exception, aborting
ERROR: Build of /home/neil/arm/openembedded/recipes/eglibc/ do_install failed
ERROR: Task 2 (/home/neil/arm/openembedded/recipes/eglibc/, do_install) failed with 256
ERROR: '/home/neil/arm/openembedded/recipes/eglibc/' failed
ERROR: Function do_install failed
| /home/neil/arm/openembedded/bin/install -c -m 644 include/limits.h /usr/include/limits.h
| install: cannot remove `/usr/include/limits.h': Permission denied
There was a few mailing list entries with similar problems with no solutions. Eventually I found the answer in some obscure forum reply.

Make version 3.82 has an unspecified bug which causes the build to fail. Changing to Make v 3.81 fixes this problem and openembedded builds fine.

I got the source and slackbuild for Make 3.81 from my favorite slackware mirror and compiled a package on 13.37. Then I used upgradepkg to downgrade from the stock 3.82 to 3.81. Hopefully there are no adverse effects on my system, but openembedded is now happy.

Edit: There is a package for Make 3.81 included in the /extra directory of Slackware 13.37
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  1. Old Comment
    this is extremely helpful!
    I am dealing with yocto these days, and come across this problem concernig make on a debian forum.
    I will soon be attempting to compile yocto on slack 14 - since it uses make v3.82 I suspect the error will not be debugged in this version.
    Posted 06-07-2013 at 09:07 AM by nass nass is offline


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