[erlang-questions] Erlang doesn't like ubuntu 6.10

Romain Lenglet <>
Mon Nov 13 14:46:03 CET 2006

Daniel Luna wrote:
> I've had similar problems when upgrading to 6.10. The problem
> went away after downgrading gcc to 4.0.
> gcc --version
> gcc-4.1 (GCC) 4.1.2 20060928 (prerelease) (Ubuntu
> 4.1.1-13ubuntu5)
> # Don't worry it's just a symlink
> sudo rm /usr/bin/gcc
> sudo ln -s gcc-4.0 /usr/bin/gcc

You should NEVER modify package-managed directories and files by 

Let's do it the right way. There are several cases.

1) If you have a problem with GCC 4.0 only when compiling Erlang, 
then you don't need to modify your system. 

In that case, as in any case, you can always specify the C 
compiler as an argument to ./configure scripts generated using 
GNU Autoconf:

./configure CC=/usr/bin/gcc-4.0 ...

It can also be set in the environment:

CC=/usr/bin/gcc-4.0 ./configure ...

Cf. Autoconf's AC_PROG_CC macro, which is used also by 

2) You have problems with most of the software that you compile. 
Therefore, you want to make GCC 4.0 the default, instead of GCC 

2.1) In that case, either you use /usr/bin/cc instead 
of /usr/bin/gcc, and make profit from the fact that /usr/bin/cc 
is already an alternative:

sudo update-alternatives --install \
    /usr/bin/cc cc /usr/bin/gcc-4.0 100

sudo update-alternatives --set cc /usr/bin/gcc-4.0

And force ./configure to use /usr/bin/cc as the C compiler:

./configure CC=/usr/bin/cc

2.2) Or you can divert /usr/bin/gcc, and make it a new 

sudo dpkg-divert --divert /usr/bin/gcc-default \
    --rename --add /usr/bin/gcc

sudo update-alternatives --install \
    /usr/bin/gcc gcc /usr/bin/gcc-4.0 100

sudo update-alternatives --set gcc /usr/bin/gcc-4.0

And then let ./configure detect and use /usr/bin/gcc.

> gcc --version
> gcc (GCC) 4.0.4 20060630 (prerelease) (Ubuntu 4.0.3-4)
> You may have to install gcc-4.0. Not sure whether it's part of
> the normal install.
> /Luna

Pr. Chiba Shigeru Group
Dept. of Mathematical and Computing Sciences
Tokyo Institute of Technology

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