Error during make install

John Ralls jralls at
Mon Apr 16 20:50:52 EDT 2012

On Apr 16, 2012, at 8:00 AM, Derek Atkins wrote:

> Christian Stimming <christian at> writes:
>> John,
>> this build error as reported by Kevin points out a bit confusion in
>> the src/engine/test/ configuration:
>> Zitat von Kevin Hale Boyes <kcboyes at>:
>>> make[5]: Entering directory `/home/hb/src/gnucash-trunk/src/engine/test'
>>> ...
>>> libtool: relink: gcc -shared  -fPIC -DPIC  .libs/utest-Split.o
>>> .libs/gnc-numeric.o  -Wl,--whole-archive
>>> ../test-core/.libs/libgncmod-test-engine.a -Wl,--no-whole-archive
>>> -Wl,-rpath -Wl,/opt/gnucash-trunk/lib -Wl,-rpath
>>> -Wl,/opt/gnucash-trunk/lib/gnucash
>>> -L/home/hb/src/gnucash-trunk/src/libqof/qof/.libs
>>> -L/home/hb/src/gnucash-trunk/src/gnc-module/.libs
>>> -L/home/hb/src/gnucash-trunk/src/core-utils/.libs
>>> -L/opt/gnucash-trunk/lib -L/lib -ltest-core
>>> -L/opt/gnucash-trunk/lib/gnucash -lgncmod-engine -lgnc-module
>>> -lgnc-core-utils -lguile -lgconf-2 -lgnc-qof -lgobject-2.0
>>> -lgthread-2.0 -lgmodule-2.0 -lrt -lglib-2.0 -lpthread -lm  -pthread
>>> -Wl,--export-dynamic   -pthread -Wl,-soname -Wl, -o
>>> .libs/
>>> /usr/bin/ld: cannot find -ltest-core
>>> collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
>>> libtool: install: error: relink `' with the above
>>> command before installing it
>>> make[5]: *** [install-test_engineLTLIBRARIES] Error 1
>>> make[5]: Leaving directory `/home/hb/src/gnucash-trunk/src/engine/test'
>> Why should the "" library be installed anyway?
>> Automake marks this library for installation becauses its name is
>> listed in the test_engine_LIBRARIES variable, where the test_engine
>> directory is defined as ${GNC_LIBEXECDIR}/${MODULEPATH}/test. However,
>> the object in turn must have its library
>> requirements listed (which is what I added yesterday) because
>> otherwise windows won't build its DLL.
>> (Remember, windows DLLs are not allowed to contain unresolved
>> references, whereas Linux .so libraries are allowed to have them, so
>> that's why you don't see the windows build error on Linux unless you
>> additionally set up a mingw cross compilers for creating a windows
>> DLL. That's why I had to add the correct library flags here.)
>> Due to the Makefile rules, libutest-Split should be installed, but it
>> probably contains references to, which is not being
>> installed (only listed in noinst_LTLIBRARIES). There's a contradiction
>> here: Either you accidentally listed libutest-Split for installation
>> and should instead list it in noinst_LTLIBRARIES, or you need to have
>> libtest-core be installed as well. Which one to choose?
> Why are we trying to install a test library?
> IMHO test code should not be installed.


It wasn't my intention, and it behaves correctly in my build environment with automake 1.11.1, but it fails with automake 1.11.3.

I've fixed it by making the library explicitly noinst_LTLIBRARY, r22149.

John Ralls

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