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Old 09-15-2005, 10:21 AM   #1
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ncurses for arm-elf

Hi there,

I am trying to cross compile ncurses for an arm-processor under uClinux. I have been having a lot of problems with that, and my last try was to install ncurses.5.4 under uClinux/uClibc 'casue when i selected the "ncurses-library support" option compiling the uClinux kernel (make menuconfig), it did not work (basically because the ncurses libraries were installed under glibc instead uClibc).

When i run a script (see below) to configure ncurses-5.4 i get the following error:

Configuring NCURSES 5.4 ABI 5 (Wed Sep 14 17:36:37 CEST 2005)
checking build system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
checking host system type... arm-unknown-elf
checking target system type... arm-unknown-elf
Configuring for elf
checking for prefix... /home/juan/Desktop/Downloads/uClinux-dist/uClibc/ncurses
checking for arm-elf-gcc... arm-elf-gcc
checking for C compiler default output... configure: error: C compiler cannot create executables

Although i have tried different configurations of this script i have not yet succeeded. I would really be grateful if somebody can give me a hand.

#! /bin/bash

# CC C compiler command
# CPP C preprocessor
# CXX C++ compiler command
# CXXCPP C++ preprocessor

# CFLAGS C compiler flags
# LDFLAGS linker flags, e.g. -L<lib dir> if you have libraries in a
# nonstandard directory <lib dir>
# CPPFLAGS C/C++ preprocessor flags, e.g. -I<include dir> if you have
# headers in a nonstandard directory <include dir>
# CXXFLAGS C++ compiler flags

STDFLAGS="-g -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes -Wno-trigraphs -O2 -fno-strict-aliasing -fno-common -pipe"
STDFLAGS="-W -ansi -fno-builtin -DNO_MM -mapcs-32"
STDFLAGS="-mtune=arm7tdmi -mshort-load-bytes -msoft-float -nostdinc -iwithprefix include"
INCLUDES="-I${UCLINUX}/uClibc/include -I${UCLINUX} -I${UCLINUX}/linux/include -I${UCLINUX}/lib/uClibc/include -I${UCLINUX}/lib/libm -I${UCLINUX}/lib/libcrypt_old"
LDFLAGS="-s -Wl,-elf2flt -L${UCLINUX} -CRTO=${UCLINUX}/uClibc/lib/crt0.o -lncurses -lpanel -lmenu -lform"

export CC=arm-elf-gcc
export CPP=arm-elf-gcc
export CXX=arm-elf-g++
export CXXCPP=arm-elf-g++
export AS=arm-elf-as
export AR=arm-elf-ar
export LD=arm-elf-ld
export RANLIB=arm-elf-ranlib
export LDFLAGS

./configure --target=arm-elf\

Best regards,

Juan Fco.
Old 09-16-2005, 12:29 PM   #2
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Hmm, here's a guess from the top of my head... Is the configure script trying to execute a sample program compiled with the cross-compiler?

BTW the '[ code ]' tags (without spaces) make code and output a lot easier to read.


Last edited by sind; 09-16-2005 at 12:31 PM.
Old 09-16-2005, 03:06 PM   #3
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A few months ago I was compiling, or trying to compile ncurses againsta uClib and was getting errors about 'not getting pthread version' or something similar.

I was following a step-by-step for building uSTEP -you might look for it as a reference
Old 09-19-2005, 06:04 AM   #4
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With this script i just wanted to configure the ncurses specifying basically the compiler and the flags that must be used in order to compile and link a program that uses the ncurses libraries. My intention is to execute a program based on ncurses after configuring ncurses and compiling uClinux in a proper way.

Regarding to the step-by-step for building uSTEP, i am afraid that i could not find that such a document, could you please tell me a little bit clearer where you found that document?
Old 09-19-2005, 08:43 AM   #5
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ncurses wouldn't compile against uClib -returned errors of:
'pthread version not found'


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