Facing a strange build error on OSX 10.12. Unable to build any software at the command line. For example none of the packages Opus, PJSIP, and LibreSSL will build. (Dependencies for Telephone: https://github.com/eofster/Telephone) All the configure steps exit with the same error.

configure: creating ./config.status
configure: error: could not make ./config.status

Xcode 8.1 is installed with command line tools.

$ gcc -v
Configured with: --prefix=/Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/usr --with-gxx-include-dir=/usr/include/c++/4.2.1
Apple LLVM version 8.0.0 (clang-800.0.42.1)
Target: x86_64-apple-darwin16.1.0
Thread model: posix
InstalledDir: /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Toolchains/XcodeDefault.xctoolchain/usr/bin

I reinstalled command line tools once already.

A few days ago I was trying to build Jekyll and that too failed with the same error. I gave up at the time thinking it was some Jekyll related error.

Any pointers will help.

  • How do you replace ... --prefix=/path/to/Telephone/ThirdParty/Opus ... or what else do you use as --prefix in the build part? – klanomath Nov 28 '16 at 1:14
  • I specified the full path /Users/<username>/Workspace/Telephone/ThirdParty/Opus – Abhay Ghatpande Nov 28 '16 at 1:50
  • The entire configure script runs correctly, up to the point of creating the config.status and the Makefile, where it fails. I installed the command line tools and switched the path to xcode-select -s /Library/Developers/CommandLineTools. Also updated the PATH to reflect gcc from there. But the result is the same. – Abhay Ghatpande Nov 28 '16 at 2:17
  • So a little bit of progress. The culprit seems to be sed. I noticed that I had the gnu version of sed in the PATH. When I removed that to use the default sed, at least I got an error: sed: 1: "s/.*%!_!# !%!_!# _%!_! ...": unterminated substitute pattern. This is true for the other packages I'm building too. There is a large sed replacement pattern and that's choking up for some reason. The question is why and how to get around it. – Abhay Ghatpande Nov 28 '16 at 4:41
  • The curious thing is that using gnu-sed from Homebrew does not help, and it exits without even printing the error above generated by OS X sed. – Abhay Ghatpande Nov 28 '16 at 4:45

So finally it works, but I can't say it's solved because I don't have the exact cause of the problem. It turns out that this could be a PATH related issue. I came across this post that mentions the possibility of a PATH causing problems. Though I could see nothing related to ruby or java or python on my PATH, I had previously played around with rbenv, jenv, and pyenv. The only thing I currently had was npm-packages on my PATH. So I just commented out everything related to PATH on my ~/.bash_profile and tried the configure again, and voila!, it works! The config.status file is created, configure --help also displays the help info, etc. I've yet to figure out what was the offending segment on my PATH. But for the moment, I'm happy that I'm able to start building at the command line again! Hope this helps someone facing similar problems in the future.

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