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Old 06-15-2011, 11:47 AM   #1
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Build errors with crosstool

Hello everyone! I'm trying to install "crosstool" from in order to create an arm-linux-gcc toolchain for an ARM target. I'm using Slackware 9.0 as I'm using a program(Sim-panalyzer) which seems to install only on such old versions. The installation proceeds fine for about 30 mins until i get an error like

a - elf/dl-profstub.os
a - elf/dl-libc.os
a - elf/dl-sym.os
a - elf/dl-tsd.os
a - elf/unwind-dw2-fde-glibc.os
a - elf/framestate.os
make[2]: *** [/home/muki/crosstool-0.43/build/arm-unknown-linux-gnu/gcc-4.1.0-glibc-2.3.2/build-glibc/libc_pic.a] Error 137
make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/muki/crosstool-0.43/build/arm-unknown-linux-gnu/gcc-4.1.0-glibc-2.3.2/glibc-2.3.2/elf'
make[1]: *** [elf/subdir_lib] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/muki/crosstool-0.43/build/arm-unknown-linux-gnu/gcc-4.1.0-glibc-2.3.2/glibc-2.3.2'
make: *** [all] Error 2
Has anyone installed crosstool for an ARM target. If so, can you tell me which linux distro you used and also the gcc-glibc combination you opted for in creating the toolchain. I've tried so many combos and referred the build logs available at but all have been in vain.

I tried using Ubuntu 9.04 but I wasn't able to install flex,bison etc which are needed for installing crosstool. When I give
sudo apt-get install flex, it says package not found.

I tried Linux Mint and I was able to install flex and bison but after some stage of the crosstool installation I got an error like

"these packages are either missing or too old: as ld"

Any help is greatly appreciated.
Old 06-17-2011, 11:02 AM   #2
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I highly recommend moving on to the successor to crosstool, crosstool-NG. It is a currently and actively supported package, which I have successfully built on a Debian (but not RH, nor Open Suse). I was able to use the compiled toolchain on RH hosts. There is an active mailing list for support.
After working for quite some time with the original croostool package, and later the crosstool-NG package, I have found that the vintage of standard software development tools and other components on the build host is critical. Debian, and presumably Debian-derivatives, seems to provide the most compatible collection of such tools. With the easy use of virtual hosting these days, I have adopted the position that it is easy to create Linux installations which serve single purposes, such as a crosstool-NG build host, and run them as needed. You should expect to spend a bit of time tweaking the configuration to get a successful build that matches the plethora of variations on ARM-based systems. My work with crosstool-NG has been exclusively targeting the ARM processor, specifically the Technologic Systems product line of ARM based single board computers.
--- rod.

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