bugSwarm - Bugs: bug #41491, Build fails with BSD sed


bug #41491: Build fails with BSD sed

Submitted by:  Ryan Schmidt <ryandesign>
Submitted on:  Fri 07 Feb 2014 04:33:33 AM UTC  
Votes:  1  
Category: SwarmSeverity: 3 - Normal
Item Group: NoneStatus: Wont Fix
Privacy: PublicAssigned to: None
Open/Closed: Open

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Wed 12 Feb 2014 09:14:10 AM UTC, comment #2:

Thanks for confirming the issue. I did add a GNU sed dependency for swarm in MacPorts so we're all set for now.

I see that the GNU sed requirement is documented in the file macosx/README.MacOSX. I had not looked for this file before. Even if I had, I might've skipped reading it when realizing that it is over 9 years old.

Is there a chance you could add a check to the configure script for this? It would be a lot more helpful to have the configure script exit with an error that says something like "GNU sed is required but only BSD sed was found" than to have configure succeed and the build fail with a confusing errors like "collections.xm:6: error: expected '=', ',', ';', 'asm' or '__attribute__' before 'OffsetOutOfRange'" which is what we get currently.

Ryan Schmidt <ryandesign>
Sat 08 Feb 2014 06:12:14 PM UTC, comment #1:

Yes this is true. Swarm has always needed GNU sed. If building for macports then you should add GNU sed as a dependency for building.

Scott Christley <schristley>
Project Administrator
Fri 07 Feb 2014 04:33:33 AM UTC, original submission:

Building swarm 2.4.1 fails when BSD sed is found by the configure script, e.g. on Mac OS X. Here is a log from the MacPorts automated build system which shows the problem:


Installing GNU sed allows the build to succeed. I think one of the regular expressions in src/defobj/make-h2x is using a GNU-sed-specific syntax, but there are a lot of regular expressions and I have not analyzed them.

Ryan Schmidt <ryandesign>


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