strange configure error on Linux Mint 18.3

Thomas Stüfe thomas.stuefe at
Wed Apr 25 10:07:35 UTC 2018

Hi Magnus,

Ok I reverted the VM to the point before installing the dependencies.

Here you go:Runnable configure script is not present
Generating runnable configure script at
Using autoconf at /usr/bin/autoconf [autoconf (GNU Autoconf) 2.69]
configure: Configuration created at Wed Apr 25 12:06:11 CEST 2018.
checking for basename... /usr/bin/basename
checking for bash... /bin/bash
checking for cat... /bin/cat
checking for chmod... /bin/chmod
checking for cmp... /usr/bin/cmp
checking for comm... /usr/bin/comm
checking for cp... /bin/cp
checking for cut... /usr/bin/cut
checking for date... /bin/date
checking for gdiff... no
checking for diff... /usr/bin/diff
checking for dirname... /usr/bin/dirname
checking for echo... /bin/echo
checking for expr... /usr/bin/expr
checking for file... /usr/bin/file
checking for find... /usr/bin/find
checking for head... /usr/bin/head
checking for gunzip... /bin/gunzip
checking for pigz... no
checking for gzip... /bin/gzip
checking for ln... /bin/ln
checking for ls... /bin/ls
checking for mkdir... /bin/mkdir
checking for mktemp... /bin/mktemp
checking for mv... /bin/mv
checking for nawk... /usr/bin/nawk
checking for printf... /usr/bin/printf
checking for greadlink... no
checking for readlink... /bin/readlink
checking for rm... /bin/rm
checking for rmdir... /bin/rmdir
checking for sh... /bin/sh
checking for sort... /usr/bin/sort
checking for tail... /usr/bin/tail
checking for gtar... no
checking for tar... /bin/tar
checking for tee... /usr/bin/tee
checking for touch... /usr/bin/touch
checking for tr... /usr/bin/tr
checking for uname... /bin/uname
checking for uniq... /usr/bin/uniq
checking for wc... /usr/bin/wc
checking for which... /usr/bin/which
checking for xargs... /usr/bin/xargs
checking for gawk... gawk
checking for grep that handles long lines and -e... /bin/grep
checking for egrep... /bin/grep -E
checking for fgrep... /bin/grep -F
checking for a sed that does not truncate output... /bin/sed
checking for cygpath... no
checking for df... /bin/df
checking for cpio... /bin/cpio
checking for nice... /usr/bin/nice
checking for pandoc... no
checking build system type... x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
checking host system type... x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
checking target system type... x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
checking openjdk-build os-cpu... linux-x86_64
checking openjdk-target os-cpu... linux-x86_64
checking compilation type... native
checking for top-level directory... /shared/projects/openjdk/jdk-jdk/source
checking if custom source is suppressed (openjdk-only)... no
checking which variant of the JDK to build... normal
checking which debug level to use... release
checking which variants of the JVM to build... server
checking for sysroot...
checking for toolchain path...
checking for extra path...
checking where to store configuration... in current directory
configure: Current directory is
configure: Since this is not the source root, configure will output
the configuration here
configure: (as opposed to creating a configuration in
configure: However, this directory is not empty. This is not allowed,
since it could
configure: seriously mess up just about everything.
configure: Try 'cd /shared/projects/openjdk/jdk-jdk/source' and
restart configure
configure: (or create a new empty directory and cd to it).
configure: error: Will not continue creating configuration in
configure exiting with result code 1


On Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 11:23 AM, Magnus Ihse Bursie
<magnus.ihse.bursie at> wrote:
> On 2018-04-24 14:50, Thomas Stüfe wrote:
>> Hi all,
> Hi Thomas,
> What does the output from configure look like? The config.log file does not
> really help tell us how far into our configure script we've come.
> As John pointed out, the problem here was (likely) that you were missing the
> needed C libraries. However, we should have a test for this in configure,
> and I'm surprised it didn't alert you to the problem.
> /Magnus
>> I got a configure error on a fresh, virgin Linux Mint 18.3 install. I
>> have not yet installed anything on that box (the only thing I
>> installed is autoconf).
>> This fails at a point where normally I would get suggestions about
>> which tools to install with apt-get (which, btw, is really nice).
>> config.log contains this:
>> -------
>> Configured with: ../src/configure -v --with-pkgversion='Ubuntu
>> 5.4.0-6ubuntu1~16.04.5'
>> --with-bugurl=file:///usr/share/doc/gcc-5/README.Bugs
>> --enable-languages=c,ada,c++,java,go,d,fortran,objc,obj-c++
>> --prefix=/usr --program-suffix=-5 --enable-shared
>> --enable-linker-build-id --libexecdir=/usr/lib
>> --without-included-gettext --enable-threads=posix --libdir=/usr/lib
>> --enable-nls --with-sysroot=/ --enable-clocale=gnu
>> --enable-libstdcxx-debug --enable-libstdcxx-time=yes
>> --with-default-libstdcxx-abi=new --enable-gnu-unique-object
>> --disable-vtable-verify --enable-libmpx --enable-plugin
>> --with-system-zlib --disable-browser-plugin --enable-java-awt=gtk
>> --enable-gtk-cairo
>> --with-java-home=/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.5.0-gcj-5-amd64/jre
>> --enable-java-home
>> --with-jvm-root-dir=/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.5.0-gcj-5-amd64
>> --with-jvm-jar-dir=/usr/lib/jvm-exports/java-1.5.0-gcj-5-amd64
>> --with-arch-directory=amd64
>> --with-ecj-jar=/usr/share/java/eclipse-ecj.jar --enable-objc-gc
>> --enable-multiarch --disable-werror --with-arch-32=i686 --with-abi=m64
>> --with-multilib-list=m32,m64,mx32 --enable-multilib
>> --with-tune=generic --enable-checking=release --build=x86_64-linux-gnu
>> --host=x86_64-linux-gnu --target=x86_64-linux-gnu
>> Thread model: posix
>> gcc version 5.4.0 20160609 (Ubuntu 5.4.0-6ubuntu1~16.04.5)
>> configure:35364: $? = 0
>> configure:35353: /usr/bin/gcc -V >&5
>> gcc: error: unrecognized command line option '-V'
>> gcc: fatal error: no input files
>> compilation terminated.
>> configure:35364: $? = 1
>> configure:35353: /usr/bin/gcc -qversion >&5
>> gcc: error: unrecognized command line option '-qversion'
>> gcc: fatal error: no input files
>> compilation terminated.
>> configure:35364: $? = 1
>> configure:35384: checking whether the C compiler works
>> configure:35406: /usr/bin/gcc -m64    -m64   conftest.c  >&5
>> /usr/bin/ld: cannot find crt1.o: No such file or directory
>> /usr/bin/ld: cannot find crti.o: No such file or directory
>> /usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lc
>> /usr/bin/ld: cannot find crtn.o: No such file or directory
>> collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status
>> configure:35410: $? = 1
>> configure:35448: result: no
>> configure: failed program was:
>> | /* confdefs.h */
>> | #define PACKAGE_NAME "OpenJDK"
>> | #define PACKAGE_TARNAME "openjdk"
>> | #define PACKAGE_VERSION "jdk9"
>> | #define PACKAGE_STRING "OpenJDK jdk9"
>> | #define PACKAGE_BUGREPORT "build-dev at"
>> | #define PACKAGE_URL ""
>> | /* end confdefs.h.  */
>> |
>> | int
>> | main ()
>> | {
>> |
>> |   ;
>> |   return 0;
>> | }
>> configure:35453: error: in
>> `/shared/projects/openjdk/jdk-jdk/output-fastdebug':
>> configure:35455: error: C compiler cannot create executables
>> -----------------
>> Weirdly enough the compiler is ran once with -qversion, which is an
>> AIX-only option, and once with -V, which is not valid either.
>> Has anyone seen this already? (Note that I used Mint18.3 as
>> development machine before and it just worked).
>> Thanks, Thomas

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