libgpg-error: cross-compiling fails with "src/syscfg/lock-obj-pub.linux-gnueabi.h': No such file or directory"
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This bug has been discussed before (eg, and
T1744) but no adequate solution has been
proposed. It still exists for various host triplets such as, in my case,

The problem as I understand it:

  1. The configure script uses build-aux/config.sub to validate the given host

triplet. AFAIK it's not expected to map names to the most common subarch
triplet, just to validate, invalidate, or adjust such triplets for GNU conformance.

  1. The host name triplet is then fed to /src/mkheader.

For "x86_64-pc-linux-gnu" for instance, './mkheader linux-gnu
../config.h 1.22 0x011600 >gpg-error.h'.
src/mkheader uses the canonical host name for the header file in "src/syscfg",
i.e., "src/syscfg/lock-obj-pub.x86_64-pc-linux-gnu.h". If the name isn't in the
name of one of the now 31 header files, the build ends in an error. Though
there exists a mapping table in src/mkheader.c it is quite small and only offers
a one-to-one correspondence between host triplets.

Assumptions shouldn't be made about the subarch component of the host name.
libgpg-error shouldn't rely on a one-to-one correspondence between valid GNU
host triplets and header files. Though there is no perfect solution there
should at least some minimal glob pattern matching for host triplets and header

This patch is to src/mkheader.c, to enable some host name glob pattern matching.
For instance "arm*linux-gnueabi" to "arm-unknown-linux-gnueabi" and
"i?86*linux-gnu" to "i686-pc-linux-gnu".


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werner added a subscriber: werner.May 27 2016, 11:53 AM

config.sub is indeed intended to canonicalize triplets. Thus a an up-to-date
config.sub should fix this. In any case you can always override the guessed
value like this:

  -/configure --build=$(build-aux/config.guess) --host=arm-unknown-linux-gnueabi

I fear that a single r.e. is not precise enough; config.sub has more complicated

Whether or not config.sub is up to date should be irrelevant as to whether
libgpg-error should be able to handle CPU variants and the second field of a
HOST. It is supposed to be treated as a freeform field (see As to the precision of the r.e,
it is not supposed to fix or mimic the logic of config.sub. It is to
effectively pigeonhole some HOST strings to a valid header file. Can you give me
a scenario where arm*linux-gnueabi shouldn't map to

Also, what is the source of your assertion that armv7a-hardfloat-linux-gnueabi
is not a valid canonical triplet? Everything that I have ever read about HOST
strings such as "armv7a-hardfloat-linux-gnueabi" is that configure scripts treat
them as valid and parse them with case statements (as demonstrated here They don't demand that the
end-user pass a generic version of HOST, like "arm-unknown-linux-gnueabi". The
only reason I chose to patch mkheader.c instead or was to build on
the mapping logic already there.

werner added a comment.Jun 1 2016, 2:22 PM

Ian may have a different opinion on that (now) but the GNU build system defines
it in the way I described it.

werner renamed this task from lib-gpgerror: cross-compiling fails with "src/syscfg/lock-obj-pub.linux-gnueabi.h': No such file or directory" to libgpg-error: cross-compiling fails with "src/syscfg/lock-obj-pub.linux-gnueabi.h': No such file or directory".Jun 1 2016, 2:22 PM

The host naming scheme accepted by this project is really just Debian oriented.
There is nothing saying you have to aid other distro's hostnames but I have yet to
witness a project more unfriendly to non-Debianesque distros that libgpg-error.
You don't have to accept the patch. Understandable, since mkheader would not
ideally be the way to go. But you should at least be open to the idea of
supporting the more liberal host naming schemes that other distros employ.

If you decide to change your mind, this patch places the logic in

werner added a comment.Jun 8 2016, 6:46 PM

No, that is not acceptable for libgpg-error. Please report that to the GNU config
folks instead. Their repo is at git://

I would except that config.sub already validates such names as 'armv7a-hardfloat-
linux-gnueabi' so there is nothing to fix. It is libgpg-error that doesn't. If
you feel it should invalidate such names please report that to the GNU config
folks instead. Their repo is at git:// Otherwise
pleases fix libgpg-error.

Sorry, if _you_ want support for your _new target_ you should make sure that it
is supported by the GNU autotools which is used by a lot of software. This will
the soon be used by GnuPG etc.

It is entirely fine to point us new config versions with support for your
target. We will the update them in our packages - this is how we have done it
for close to 2 decades.

I'm sorry if your understanding of valid hostnames, acceptable by GNU projects, is
two decades old but this project happens to be the only one that assumes there
exists a finite list of valid hostnames without using pattern matching.

Using and a hostname of armv7a-
hardfloat-linux-gnu, with the notable exception of libgpg-error, I have been able
to compile and install all other GNU utilities included the core set of Gentoo
Linux, whether via the package's giving configure script or by use of autoreconf.

Hare are just a few of such GNU packages that I have personally been able to build
and install using the hostname "armv7a-hardfloat-linux-gnu":


The only other GNU package that doesn't compile for me is autogen. But that's due
to a lack of cross-compile support. It otherwise builds just fine natively on

I would appreciate it if you could provide a specific GNU package using autotools
that you assert should fail to support such a hostname, other than this one, so
that I may provide a build log demonstrating that it indeed does.

Is armv7a-hardfloat-linux-gnu guaranteed to be ABI compatible to some other arm
triplet? If that is the case, I suggest to either drop your(?) invention of
-hardfloat- or, better, to work with the config mainatiners to make sure it is
viewed as an alias.

How does binutils handle this triplet?

If you can describe the user base for that triplet, I may add an exception to
mkheader to get things done faster.

Again, the host is not my invention. I linked it before and I'll do it again:

Gentoo's cross-compile tool, crossdev, suggests using "-hardfloat-" and "-
softfloat-" in the vendor field.

And here is how binutils handles this (they don't shy away from asterisks):;a=blob;f=bfd/config.bfd

I can't find an explanation why gentoo inserts "-hardfloat". I doubt that this
is willy-nilly and as long as this has not been figured out, there is a
possibility of a different ABI and thus we can't simply alias it. Can you
please work with Kristian or someone else from gentoo to figure this out?

Thanks for binutils link.

There was a long drawn out discussion as to the validity of "-hardfloat" in the
triplet name. You can peruse at .

I am not a dev and have pretty much given up. The Gentoo devs are adamant that this
is an upstream problem.

Yes, I have seen that URL but what I like to get an answer to my question here
or on gnupg-devel. I do not want to follow a possible long thread of some Linux

ping (see T2370 (wk on Nov 18 2016, 08:44 AM / Roundup))

No reply to my question, thus it seems not to be important. Closing.
Note that replying to this will re-open the bug.

werner closed this task as Resolved.Jan 17 2017, 12:36 PM
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