kdebase vs. linux headers

Matthew Burgess matthew at linuxfromscratch.org
Thu Oct 5 12:22:22 PDT 2006

Ken Moffat wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 05, 2006 at 05:49:49PM +0100, Matthew Burgess wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> I'm trying to compile kdebase-3.5.4 against the headers installed via 
>> 'make headers_install' from linux-2.6.18.  Unfortunately, I get this error:
>> error: '__s64' does not name a type
>> /usr/include/linux/joystick.h:132: error: '__s64' does not name a type
>> Now, obviously that's not good, but I don't think it's kdebase's fault 
>> (linux/joystick.h is installed afterall, so they're using a permitted API).
>> The problem seems to be that linux/joystick.h is #including asm/types.h 
>> which only typedefs __s64 if __GNUC__ is defined and __STRICT_ANSI__ 
>> isn't defined:
>> #if defined(__GNUC__) && !defined(__STRICT_ANSI__)
>> typedef __signed__ long long __s64;
>> typedef unsigned long long __u64;
>> #endif
>> I can only presume, because of the error above, that those conditions 
>> aren't being met, but a cursory glance of the logfile doesn't appear to 
>> help me ascertain which one of them is triggering the problem above.
>> Any ideas, folks?
>> Matt.
> Matt,
>  as a starter, something crude like this for a separate program,
> e.g. types.c.
> #include <stdlib.h>
> #include <stdio.h>
> #include <linux/joystick.h>
> main() {
> #if defined(__GNUC__)
>         printf("__GNUC__ is defined\n");
> #else
>         printf("__GNUC__ is NOT defined\n");
> #endif
> #if defined(__STRICT_ANSI__)
>         printf("__STRICT_ANSI__ is defined\n");
> #else
>         printf("__STRICT_ANSI__ is NOT defined\n");
> #endif
> }
> If I compile and run this on pure64 using the CLFS headers, I get
> ken at bluesbreaker ~ $./types
> __GNUC__ is defined
> __STRICT_ANSI__ is NOT defined

Likewise.  I think I've figured it out.  Try compiling that with:

# gcc -ansi -o types types.c

and you'll get:

In file included from types.c:3:
/usr/include/linux/joystick.h:131: error: expected 
specifier-qualifier-list before ‘__s64’

Taking a look at /usr/include/features.h we see:

The `-ansi' switch to the GNU C compiler defines __STRICT_ANSI__.

It just so happens that the compilation of kdebase uses the -ansi 
switch, hence the compilation problem.  Now, I still don't know what the 
correct solution is.  Do we just kill the -ansi flag from kdebase's 
compilation?  Looking at linux/joystick.h, I can't see a way of fixing 
it as int64_t isn't an ANSI type, right?



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