Source builder kinks

Chris Johns chrisj at
Thu Dec 11 22:36:56 UTC 2014

On 12/12/2014 7:12 am, Joel Sherrill wrote:
> On 12/11/2014 2:05 PM, Steve B wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> Using the source builder to build something this morning I found that
>> the zlib was missing on Linux Mint (which is effectively Ubuntu). I
>> also run into errors later on because of missing ncurses-devel and
>> python2.7-dev (I assume that's the right package because python is
>> there by default but the error said it wasn't). Seems like the source
>> builder starts from the beginning taking another hour each time though
>> some of the big intermediate steps were already compiled.

It would be nice if gcc actually check and stopped earlier but it does not.

>> Maybe these could get added to the sb-check script so they're
>> identified before running into build errors? And, is there any way to
>> invoke the source builder without re-doing things that have already
>> successfully compiled?
> Chris and I have had this discussion so I will give a quick answer.
> sb-check knows how to check for missing commands not missing libraries.
> We haven't figured out a good solution to how to generally probe.
> If you have ideas, we are listening. :)


What happens if --with-system-zlib is removed, ie the same as a mingw32 
build :

? Are you able to test this for me ?

I am happy to make the change so this dependency goes away. It seems to 
be the only one that comes up all the time.


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