[erlang-questions] error compiling r13b04: /usr/include/nptl/pthread.h:658: error: array type has incomplete element type

john blair <>
Sat Mar 20 22:12:32 CET 2010


Thanks for reply Mikael. I tried building it with gcc-4.1.2, gcc-4.2.4 but got the same error. Finally I removed the package nptl-devel and it built successfully.

--- On Sun, 3/21/10, Mikael Pettersson <> wrote:

> From: Mikael Pettersson <>
> Subject: Re: [erlang-questions] error compiling r13b04: /usr/include/nptl/pthread.h:658: error: array type has incomplete element type
> To: "john blair" <>
> Cc: 
> Date: Sunday, March 21, 2010, 2:12 AM
> john blair writes:
>  > I am building the latest release r13b04 on a lin64
> machine (RHEL 3.8) with gcc-4.1.1 and get the following
> error:
>  > 
>  > gcc -DUSE_THREADS -D_THREAD_SAFE -D_REENTRANT
> -DPOSIX_THREADS -D_POSIX_THREAD_SAFE_FUNCTIONS -isystem
> /usr/include/nptl  -g -O3
> -I/opt/src/erlang-otp-r13b04/otp_src_R13B04/erts/x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu   -I/opt/lin64/ncurses-5.5/include
> -D_GNU_SOURCE -fomit-frame-pointer -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes
> -Wmissing-prototypes -Wdeclaration-after-statement
> -DHAVE_CONFIG_H  -I../include
> -I../include/x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu -I../include/internal
> -I../include/internal/x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
> -I../emulator/beam -I../emulator/sys/unix -c
> common/ethread.c -o
> obj/x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu/opt/r/ethread.o
>  > In file included from
> ../include/internal/ethread.h:124,
>  >             
>     from common/ethread.c:68:
>  > /usr/include/nptl/pthread.h:658: error: array type
> has incomplete element type
>  > make[5]: ***
> [obj/x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu/opt/r/ethread.o] Error 1
>  > make[5]: Leaving directory
> `/opt/src/erlang-otp-r13b04/otp_src_R13B04/erts/lib_src'
>  > make[4]: *** [opt] Error 2
>  > make[4]: Leaving directory
> `/opt/src/erlang-otp-r13b04/otp_src_R13B04/erts/lib_src'
>  > make[3]: *** [erts_lib] Error 2
>  > make[3]: Leaving directory
> `/opt/src/erlang-otp-r13b04/otp_src_R13B04/erts/emulator'
>  > make[2]: *** [opt] Error 2
>  > make[2]: Leaving directory
> `/opt/src/erlang-otp-r13b04/otp_src_R13B04/erts/emulator'
>  > make[1]: *** [smp] Error 2
>  > make[1]: Leaving directory
> `/opt/src/erlang-otp-r13b04/otp_src_R13B04/erts'
>  > make: *** [emulator] Error 2
> 
> This is your gcc complaining about your system's glibc
> headers.
> This is not an Erlang bug.
> 
> The warning in question was common when gcc-4.1 was new,
> lots of
> slightly broken code had to be repaired for it. But that
> was ages ago.
> 
>  > Anyone knows how to resolve this?
> 
> Use the system gcc (RHEL3 seems to use gcc-3.2.3) or update
> the entire system
> to something less antique.
> 
> A self-compiled gcc-3.4.6 might work too.
> 
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