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Old 02-04-2003, 01:24 PM   #1
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chapter 5 - bash won't build

I promised myself I would build an LFS system eventually, so here I am...

I am building on Slackware 8.1, with EVERY package installed. This is LFS version 4.0.

I'm on chapter 5, the first compile, bash! The error:

gcc -s -L./builtins -L./lib/readline -L./lib/readline -L./lib/glob -L./lib/tilde -L./lib/malloc -L./lib/sh -static -static -rdynamic -g -O2 -o bash shell.o eval.o general.o make_cmd.o print_cmd.o dispose_cmd.o execute_cmd.o variables.o copy_cmd.o error.o expr.o flags.o jobs.o subst.o hashcmd.o hashlib.o mailcheck.o trap.o input.o unwind_prot.o pathexp.o sig.o test.o version.o alias.o array.o arrayfunc.o braces.o bracecomp.o bashhist.o bashline.o list.o stringlib.o locale.o findcmd.o redir.o pcomplete.o pcomplib.o syntax.o xmalloc.o -lbuiltins -lsh -lreadline -lhistory -lcurses -lglob -ltilde -lmalloc
/usr/i386-slackware-linux/bin/ld: cannot find -lcurses
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make: *** [bash] Error 1

I checked out /usr/i386-slackware-linux/bin/ld and it is a link to /usr/bin/ld. I checked that file also, and it seems to be intact.

It looks to me as this is the final command where all the object code is linked together. I checked the output and there weren't any errors beforehand so this is the only problem.

Old 02-04-2003, 07:20 PM   #2
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ld is complaining that it can't find "-lcurses". Did you verify you have the libncurses library installed? Right above the command line to compile bash, they tell you to:

ln -s libncurses.a /usr/lib/libcurses.a

Make sure libcurses.a exists, and make sure the symbolic link was made properly. If you've got all that, then check over the command you gave to compile.

Other than that, I haven't got a clue.
Old 02-05-2003, 12:44 AM   #3
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I got the same error message. Just update to the latest version of ncurses and you should be fine. The default version on the Slack8.1 CD doesn't seem to cut it

Old 02-05-2003, 04:00 AM   #4
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Cheers, I'll try that out when I get home.


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