[erlang-questions] Error building R12B-4 on SPARC T1

Mikael Pettersson <>
Sun Sep 14 10:31:11 CEST 2008

Vance Shipley writes:
 > Building R12B-4 is failing for me on a Sun T1000 server:
 >    gcc  -g  -O3 -fomit-frame-pointer
 >    -I/usr/local/src/otp_src_R12B-4/erts/sparc-sun-solaris2.10
 >    -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes -Wmissing-prototypes
 >    -Wdeclaration-after-statement -DUSE_THREADS -D_THREAD_SAFE -D_REENTRANT
 >    -D_POSIX_PTHREAD_SEMANTICS -Wa,-xarch=v8plusa -Ibeam -Isys/unix
 >    -Isys/common -Isparc-sun-solaris2.10/opt/smp -Isparc-sun-solaris2.10
 >    -Izlib -Ipcre -Ihipe -I../include/internal
 >    -I../include/internal/sparc-sun-solaris2.10 -c beam/erl_bif_info.c -o
 >    obj/sparc-sun-solaris2.10/opt/smp/erl_bif_info.o
 >    gcc: Internal error: Segmentation Fault (program cg)
 >    Please submit a full bug report to
 >     <URL:http://forum.java.sun.com/forum.jspa?forumID=905>.
 >    make[3]: *** [obj/sparc-sun-solaris2.10/opt/smp/erl_bif_info.o] Error 1
 >    make[3]: Leaving directory `/usr/local/src/otp_src_R12B-4/erts/emulator'
 >    make[2]: *** [opt] Error 2
 >    make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/local/src/otp_src_R12B-4/erts/emulator'
 >    make[1]: *** [smp] Error 2
 >    make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/local/src/otp_src_R12B-4/erts'
 >    gmake: *** [emulator] Error 2
 > This is using SUNWgccfss v4.2.0 although it failed identically with v4.0.3.
 > I did submit a bug report to Sun as suggested.

I've just built R12B-4 on Solaris/SPARC with gcc-4.3.2, gcc-4.2.4,
and gcc-4.0.4, and none of them ICEd like your GCCs do.

- I compiled my GCCs myself from vanilla release tarballs
- our departmental Suns run Solaris 9 not 10 as your T1000 does
- after years of usage we know our Suns have good HW

The breakage could be in SUNWgccfss, or Solaris 10 (do you have
all OS updates?), or your T1000 might have developed a HW problem
like bad RAM or broken cache.

You could test with the same SUNWgccfss on a different machine.
If the ICEs persist then you can rule out a HW problem.


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