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Unable to create language pack on Windows XP: Error message: "couldn't compile a simple C file"

RESOLVED FIXED in mozilla15



Build Config
5 years ago
5 years ago


(Reporter: aryx, Assigned: glandium)


Windows XP

Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)



(2 attachments)

Windows XP SP 3 32-bit, MozillaBuild 1.6

I tried to create a German language pack for Aurora (13 Branch) and followed the manual at and

make -f aborts like this:

checking for wget... checking for wget... wget
checking for pkg-config... no
*** The pkg-config script could not be found. Make sure it is
*** in your path, or set the PKG_CONFIG environment variable
*** to the full path to pkg-config.
*** Or see to get pkg-config.
configure: warning: When not building jemalloc, you need to set WIN32_REDIST_DIR
 to the path to the Visual C++ Redist (usually VCINSTALLDIR\redist\x86\Microsoft
.VC80.CRT, for VC++ v8) if you intend to distribute your build.
checking what kind of list files are supported by the linker... configure: error
: couldn't compile a simple C file
*** Fix above errors and then restart with               "make -f buil
make[2]: *** [configure] Error 1
make[2]: Leaving directory `/f/Mozilla/Coding/Firefox/Code/mozilla-aurora-unchan
make[1]: *** [/f/Mozilla/Coding/Firefox/Code/mozilla-aurora-unchanged/../firefox
-build/Makefile] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/f/Mozilla/Coding/Firefox/Code/mozilla-aurora-unchan
make: *** [build] Error 2

The .mozconfig:

mk_add_options MOZ_OBJDIR=@TOPSRCDIR@/../firefox-build
ac_add_options --disable-angle
ac_add_options --disable-compile-environment
ac_add_options --with-l10n-base=../l10n-central
ac_add_options --enable-application=browser

Analysis by Ted Mielczarek:

ted: sounds like we added a new check that errors on --disable-compile-environment builds
ted: make it block bug  603370 
ted: which looks like where we broke this
ted: specifically is that error you're getting
Blocks: 603370

Comment 1

5 years ago
It's likely to not be related to bug 603370. Please attach your config.log to get the actual error.

Comment 2

5 years ago
Err, ted is right, it's likely a missing
if test "$COMPILE_ENVIRONMENT"; then
from bug 603370

Comment 3

5 years ago
Created attachment 616250 [details] [diff] [review]
Don't run expandlibs configure tests when building with --disable-compile-environment
Attachment #616250 - Flags: review?(ted.mielczarek)
Created attachment 616494 [details]
config.log for cl: Command not found

Modifying the like glandium proposed allows to run make -f longer, but it still aborts with

make[6]: cl: Command not found
Attachment #616250 - Flags: review?(ted.mielczarek) → review+
Assignee: nobody → mh+mozilla

Comment 5

5 years ago

Archaeopteryx, please file a separate bug for comment #4, it is a separate issue.
Target Milestone: --- → mozilla15
Last Resolved: 5 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
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