Commit 434a3e49 authored by Yann E. MORIN's avatar Yann E. MORIN Committed by Peter Korsgaard
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core/infra: fix build on toolchain without C++

Autotools-based packages that do not need C++ but check for it, and use
libtool, will fail to configure on distros that lack /lib/cpp.

This is the case for example on Arch Linux, where expat fails to build

    configure: error: in `/home/dkc/src/buildroot/build/build/expat-2.2.4':
    configure: error: C++ preprocessor "/lib/cpp" fails sanity check

This is because libtool uses AC_PROC_CXXCPP, which can not be avoided,
and does require a cpp that passes some "sanity" checks (does not choke
on valid input, but does choke on invalid input). So we can use neither
/bin/false nor /bin/true...

We instead need something that can digest some basic C++ preprocessor
input. We can't use the target preprocessor: that does not work, because
it obviously has no C++ cupport:

    arm-linux-cpp.br_real: error: conftest.cpp: C++ compiler not
    installed on this system

We can however consider that the host machine does have a C++ compiler,
so we use the host' cpp, which is gcc's compiler wrapper that ends up
calling the host's C++ preprocessor.

That would give us a valid C++ preprocessor when we don't have one, in
fact. But autotools will then correctly fail anyway, because there is
indeed no C++ compiler at all, as we can see in this excerpt of a
configure log from expat:

    checking whether we are using the GNU C++ compiler... no
    checking whether false accepts -g... no
    checking dependency style of false... none
    checking how to run the C++ preprocessor... cpp
    checking whether the false linker (/home/ymorin/dev/buildroot/O/host/bin/arm-linux-ld) supports shared libraries... yes
    libtool.m4: error: problem compiling CXX test program
    checking for false option to produce PIC...  -DPIC
    checking if false PIC flag  -DPIC works... no
    checking if false static flag  works... no
    checking if false supports -c -o file.o... no
    checking if false supports -c -o file.o... (cached) no
    checking whether the false linker (/home/ymorin/dev/buildroot/O/host/bin/arm-linux-ld) supports shared libraries... yes

So, using the host's C++ preprocessor (by way of gcc's wrapper) leads to
a working situation, where the end result is as expected.
Reported-by: Damien Riegel's avatarDamien Riegel <>
Signed-off-by: default avatar"Yann E. MORIN" <>
Cc: Damien Riegel <>
Cc: Vivien Didelot <>
Cc: Peter Korsgaard <>
Cc: Thomas Petazzoni <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarThomas Petazzoni <>
(cherry picked from commit bd39d11d2eaa679f09ab49fd3e4cd5511a168d1c)
Signed-off-by: default avatarPeter Korsgaard <>
parent 8a658c46
......@@ -398,7 +398,7 @@ NLS_OPTS = --disable-nls
ifeq ($(BR2_STATIC_LIBS),y)
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