compile error about ./src/swig-runtime.h...

John Ralls jralls at
Fri Aug 5 09:41:06 EDT 2016

> On Aug 4, 2016, at 3:01 PM, Christian <chris at> wrote:
> Hi,
> trying to build (update my gnucash RPM from 2.6.12 to 2.6.13) but
> running into this problem:
> [   59s] checking if building from an scm managed directory... no
> [   59s] checking for ./src/swig-runtime.h... no
> [   59s] configure: error:
> [   59s]
> [   59s] It looks like you are NOT building from Subversion, svk, git or bzr
> [   59s] but I cannot find swig-runtime.h.  Check your PATH and make sure
> [   59s] we can find gnc-vcs-info in your PATH!
> [   59s] Either that or contact gnucash-devel at because
> [   59s] the tarball you downloaded is broken.
> [   59s]
> [   59s]
> [   59s] error: Bad exit status from /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.b5xJgU (%build)
> How can I fix it ?
> The previous tarball had the missing file ... the current not.
> Thank you

I guess that you got the tarball from Github this time and from SourceForge last time. The Github release process creates the tarball from the repository automatically--you can actually get a tarball for any commit from Github--while the SourceForge tarballs are generated from a repository using `make dist`, which runs swig to generate the bindings so that it needs only compilation.

The easiest solution is to download the tarball from SourcForge.

John Ralls

More information about the gnucash-devel mailing list