View Full Version : [SOLVED] GCC/Linker cannot produce executable code (crtbegin.o on 10.04)

May 25th, 2012, 11:37 PM
I'm not sure if this is a linking error or a GCC error, and it's system-wide. I'm not sure when exactly it introduced - but it impacts anything where you have to "configure" first.

checking for gcc... gcc
checking whether the C compiler (gcc ) works... no
configure: error: installation or configuration problem: C compiler cannot create executables.This bit shows up on EVERY config.log that gets spit out

configure:916: gcc -o conftest conftest.c 1>&5
ld: crtbegin.o: No such file: No such file or directory
configure: failed program was:I do have buildessentials (and hence gcc and g++) installed, and I've successfully compiled a lot of stuff before - perhaps there was an upgrade that broke something? If so, what do I do to fix this?

I wasn't planning to upgrade yet (more like the end of summer), so if there's a solution that doesn't involve wiping and reinstalling, I'll be thrilled.

May 25th, 2012, 11:54 PM
crtbegin.o is part of gcc. If you don't have it, your gcc install is corrupt. Try to reinstall:

sudo apt-get install -reinstall gcc-VERSION

May 26th, 2012, 12:18 AM
Reinstalled, but no dice. Is uninstalling and explicitly reinstalling any different than what I just did?

May 26th, 2012, 12:26 AM
Normally no. Make sure the file is actually not there. It should be in /usr/lib/gcc/PLATFORM/VERSION.

May 26th, 2012, 12:31 AM
Oh-HO! While there's a full install under /usr/lib/gcc/i486-linux-gnu/4.4/, I also have /usr/lib/gcc/i486-linux-gnu/4.4.3/ . And that latter only has cc1 in it.

So the best question here is this - symlink or copy files? (I'm guessing I should do one or the other.)

May 26th, 2012, 12:56 AM
I think normally 4.4.3 should be a symlink to 4.4. Here 4.6.1 is a symlink to 4.6. Before you do anything, what gcc packages do you have installed?

dpkg -l | grep gcc

May 26th, 2012, 02:47 AM
ii gcc 4:4.4.3-1ubuntu1 The GNU C compiler
ii gcc-4.4 4.4.3-4ubuntu5.1 The GNU C compiler
ii gcc-4.4-base 4.4.3-4ubuntu5.1 The GNU Compiler Collection (base package)
ii gccxml 0.9.0+cvs20090916-1 XML output extension to GCC
ii libgcc1 1:4.4.3-4ubuntu5.1 GCC support library

(10.04, so I don't have 4.6...)

May 26th, 2012, 02:59 AM
Your packages seem right... Since I don't have a Lucid system, I don't know if having a separate 4.4.x dir is how it's supposed to be or not. Guess you can always try uninstalling and reinstalling.

May 26th, 2012, 03:21 AM
I went ahead and copied the contents of 4.4 over... and suddenly I can compile again. It's probably wrong, but it's getting the job done until I do a clean upgrade down the road.

Thanks for your help; I wouldn't have known where to look otherwise.