RTEMS Source Builder newlib/iconv issues on OpenBSD/Solaris

Karel Gardas karel.gardas at centrum.cz
Mon Jun 22 13:46:29 UTC 2015

On 06/22/15 02:35 PM, Chris Johns wrote:
> 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.

My guess is that the issue is in this code:

     iconv_encodings=`echo "${iconv_encodings}" | sed -e 's/,/ /g' -e 
's/-/_/g' -e 'y/ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ/abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz/'`
   iconv_to_encodings=`echo "${iconv_to_encodings}" | sed -e 's/,/ /g' 
-e 's/-/_/g' -e 'y/ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ/abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz/'`
   iconv_from_encodings=`echo "${iconv_from_encodings}" | sed -e 's/,/ 
/g' -e 's/-/_/g' -e 

       available_encodings=`cat "${srcdir}/libc/iconv/encoding.aliases" 
| sed -e '/^#.*/d'`

   for encoding in ${iconv_encodings1}; do
       result=`echo "${available_encodings}" | grep -e "\(^\| 
\)${encoding}\( \|\$\)"`
       if test $? != "0"; then
           as_fn_error $? "${encoding} is not supported - see 
${srcdir}/libc/iconv/encoding.aliases file for the list of available 
encodings" "$LINENO" 5
       encoding1=`echo "${result}" | sed -e 's/\(^[^ ]*\).*$/\1/'`
       iconv_encodings="${iconv_encodings} ${encoding1}"

both sed and grep are used there. Honestly I'm still not able to debug 
that since for me source builder is black box which needs to run from 
the start to end and I'm not probably not allowed to hack some debugging 
messages there to see if the grep or sed is actually the culprit here.

Anyway, "sed -e" rings the bell here since I've already seen quite some 
issue with it on Solaris 11 in GHC project, E.g. 
https://phabricator.haskell.org/D740 -- but this is just a tip of the 

Hence my "solution" to use GNU sed/grep solely for this...

BTW: I'm talking about Solaris 11 since symptomps are the same on 
Solaris 11 and on OpenBSD... Debugging may actually reveals different 


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