LDFLAGS problem

Philip Semanchuk philip at semanchuk.com
Mon Feb 21 17:36:46 EST 2011

On Feb 21, 2011, at 12:56 PM, Robin Becker wrote:

> After installing python 2.7.1 on a Freebsd 8.0 system with the normal configure make dance
> ./configure --prefix=$HOME/PYTHON --enable-unicode=ucs2
> make
> make install
> I find that when I build extensions PIL, MySQLdb I'm getting errors related to a dangling ${LDFLAGS}
> eg  MySQLdb
>> running build_ext
>> building '_mysql' extension
>> creating build/temp.freebsd-7.0-RELEASE-i386-2.7
>> gcc -pthread -fno-strict-aliasing -g -O2 -DNDEBUG -g -fwrapv -O3 -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes -fPIC -Dversion_info=(1,2,2,'final',0) -D__version__=1.2.2 -I/usr/local/include/mysql -I/home/rptlab/PYTHON/include/python2.7 -c _mysql.c -o build/temp.freebsd-7.0-RELEASE-i386-2.7/_mysql.o -fno-strict-aliasing -pipe
>> gcc -pthread -shared ${LDFLAGS} build/temp.freebsd-7.0-RELEASE-i386-2.7/_mysql.o -L/usr/local/lib/mysql -lmysqlclient_r -lz -lcrypt -lm -o build/lib.freebsd-7.0-RELEASE-i386-2.7/_mysql.so
>> gcc: ${LDFLAGS}: No such file or directory
>> error: command 'gcc' failed with exit status 1
> where should I be looking to fix this problem?

It's been a while since I built anything on FreeBSD, but one thing that jumps out at me is that you say you're building on 8.0 but the build output you gave us mentions 7.0. That doesn't sound right at all.

Are you using ports?


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