ERROR: sys-libs/glibc-2.4-r4 failed

Trying to do a system-wide gentoo update using emerge, I ran into a compile error trying to update glibc:

*** These critical programs are missing or too old: gcc
*** Check the INSTALL file for required versions.

!!!ERROR: sys-libs/glibc-2.4-r4 failed.
Call stack:, line 1546: Called dyn_compile, line 937: Called src_compile
glibc-2.4-r4.ebuild, line 1174: Called toolchain-glibc_src_compile
glibc-2.4-r4.ebuild, line 257: Called glibc_do_configure ‘nptl’
glibc-2.4-r4.ebuild, line 925: Called die

Turns out the system felt that my gcc compiler was outdated.

But I had updated it to the latest gentoo-stable version.

Well, yes and no. Here’s what I learned:

gcc-config --list-profiles

Will list the various gcc versions installed on your system. The current one is marked with an asterisk.

gcc-config #

Where # is a number from the list shown from above, will switch your compiler to the specified version.

Now I can compile glibc using the latest gcc.

Hopefully I won’t have to recompile the whole system because of this compiler switch… I’ll update this post whether I do or don’t.

So far, no need to recompile anything. Everything works fine.


December 7th 2006

I’m not sure its related to the gcc-config, but I bet it is…

See I don’t use KDE all that much. I run my web servers and test things out.

So when I tried to log back into KDE, I noticed that it wasn’t working anymore.

So I tried to update and recompile everything kde-related. Nothing works. kdemultimedia keeps finding excuses not to compile.

I got it further and further along as I found some modules which didn’t show up as dependencies (?) even when using emerge –deep

So I ended up giving up my hopes of not having to recompile planet linux and an now running:

emerge -e world

6 thoughts on “ERROR: sys-libs/glibc-2.4-r4 failed

  1. Nice piece of info. I’ve been pullin my hair on failed updates of glibc. …about to find out if it beats any info I’ve found so far 😉

  2. thank you so much for this. it saved me the hours i’m sure i would have spent digging for the answer myself. keep em commin.

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