RTEMS Source Builder newlib/iconv issues on OpenBSD/Solaris

Chris Johns chrisj at rtems.org
Mon Jun 22 12:35:34 UTC 2015

On 22/06/2015 6:30 am, Karel Gardas wrote:
> Hello,
> on both Solaris 11 and OpenBSD 5.7 I do have an issue with source
> builder which fails on newlib compilation. This shows as:
> checking for sparc-rtems4.11-ar... sparc-rtems4.11-ar
> checking for sparc-rtems4.11-ranlib... sparc-rtems4.11-ranlib
> checking for sparc-rtems4.11-readelf... sparc-rtems4.11-readelf
> checking whether to enable maintainer-specific portions of Makefiles... no
> checking for a sed that does not truncate output...
> /tmp/rtems-sparc-toolchain/bin//sed
> checking how to print strings... print -r
> checking for gawk... (cached) gawk
> configure: error: big5 is not supported - see
> ../../../gcc-4.9.2/newlib/libc/iconv/encoding.aliases file for the list
> of available encodings
> gmake[1]: *** [configure-target-newlib] Error 1
> gmake[1]: Leaving directory
> `/export/home/karel/vcs/rtems-source-builder/rtems/build/sparc-rtems4.11-gcc-4.9.2-newlib-'
> gmake: *** [all] Error 2
> the problem is in newlib's configure file which strictly requires GNU
> sed/grep combo. The problem is the configure file itself invokes just
> "sed" and "grep". So there are two solutions to this issue:
> Either:
> - disable iconv as I did for OpenBSD in provided patch in source builder
> platform file
> or
> - put GNU sed and grep (perhaps grep is enough, but I would need to
> retest) into PATH in front of original system's grep/sed. This makes
> newlib configure happy.
> The general question is what's better and how to solve this issue? 

We should solve the problem. I build on FreeBSD without GNU sed so I am
interested why OpenBSD would break this way.

> Just
> a note in builder doc for both platforms? Or custom patch to newlib to
> check for ggrep/gsed and when available to use them? Or just disabling
> iconv completely in platform .py file of the source builder itself? Or
> hacking source builder to support building GNU sed/grep on problematic
> platform, installing in RTEMS bin and use that and this way make newlib
> happy?
> Any idea/preference welcome here.

I trip over a few of these things from time to time. MIPS is currently
broken on FreeBSD because of a GNU sed issue.


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