[Dovecot] dovecot-lda: problems compiling

Bob Gustafson bobgus at rcn.com
Thu Jan 12 00:22:23 EET 2006

My symptom was exactly the same as reported - sed hung at the  
configure stage of dovecot-lda.

I did lots of things to try to fix it. Almost none were successful. I  
was on the correct path when I deleted all of the downloaded cvs  
files and started from scratch with the 'co' cvs download.

There was a diagnostic mentioning the AM_ICONV problem in the initial  
run of autogen against the dovecot-lda files. This I had ignored  
previously, because it did not reappear on repeating the autogen  
step. I assume that proceeding without curing the AM_ICONV resulted  
in the hung sed at the configure step.

I googled around and found (will furnish reference..) that the  
AM_ICONV message was related to the missing gettext.

After installing the gettext (up2date gettext), the AM_ICONV  
diagnostic did not appear. There was another diagnostic message  
saying that there was no configure.in.am (or something like that).  
This file was in the directory after the autogen (but was not there  
in the initial 'co' cvs download). I repeated the autogen step and it  
completed with no diagnostic.

At this point, the configure also went through without the sed hang.

I can only conclude, based on my user experience, that the sed hang  
was related to the missing gettext package. Perhaps sed was trying to  
read from a socket that was supplied by the missing gettext - and hung.

Once I was able to configure and make dovecot-lda, I went on to other  
things (like getting a bigger disk matching another big disk on that  
system and figuring out how to RAID the two - a continuing story, and  
one that has higher priority than getting dovecot-lda running. I am  
at 90% full on a 4GB disk..)

I am running a 32 bit old Pentium on my mail system. The sed hang  
also occurred on my dual Xeon system running Fedora4.smp.

Bob Gustafson

On Jan 11, 2006, at 08:44, Timo Sirainen wrote:

> Aren't these separate problems? Yours is about missing AM_ICONV macro
> which caused compile to fail, while the 64bit issue is about configure
> getting stuck. As far as I know, it's a bug in sed (since it works  
> with
> 32bit sed) and I don't know of a way to fix it.
> On Wed, 2006-01-11 at 06:23 -0600, Bob Gustafson wrote:
>> As I mentioned a few days ago, the problem seems to be a missing
>> 'gettext'. On Fedora 4 (I am running 32 bit), my solution was to  
>> do an
>> 'up2date gettext' and then go back to a virgin cvs download of both
>> dovecot and dovecot-lda. This may also fix your problem on  
>> Solaris. Let
>> us know.
>> On Tue, 2006-01-10 at 13:14 -0500, Sergey Ivanov wrote:
>>> I think the same, or very similar prevents compiling dovecot-lda  
>>> from
>>> CVS at OpenSolaris, even at 32bit:
>>> my ./configure --with-dovecot==../dovecot now runs hours executing
>>>  sed -f ./confstat9saiYu/subs-3.sed,
>>> the contents of this file is:
>>> ---
>>> cat confstat9saiYu/subs-3.sed
>>> :t
>>>   /@[a-zA-Z_][a-zA-Z_0-9]*@/!b
>>> s, at F77@,g77,;t t
>>> s, at FFLAGS@,-g -O2,;t t
>>> s, at ac_ct_F77@,g77,;t t
>>> s, at LIBTOOL@,$(SHELL) $(top_builddir)/libtool,;t t
>>> s, at dovecotdir@,/home/seriv/dovecot/dovecot,;t t
>>> s, at STORAGE_LIBS@,
>>> /home/seriv/dovecot/dovecot/src/lib-storage/index/maildir/ 
>>> libstorage_maildir.a
>>> /home/seriv/dovecot/dovecot/src/lib-storage/index/mbox/ 
>>> libstorage_mbox.a
>>> /home/seriv/dovecot/dovecot/src/lib-storage/index/dbox/ 
>>> libstorage_dbox.a
>>> /home/seriv/dovecot/dovecot/src/lib-storage/index/libstorage_index.a
>>> /home/seriv/dovecot/dovecot/src/lib-index/libindex.a,;t t
>>> s, at LIBICONV@, at LIBICONV@,;t t
>>> s, at RAND_LIBS@,,;t t
>>> s, at MODULE_LIBS@,-export-dynamic,;t t
>>> s, at LIBOBJS@,,;t t
>>> s, at LTLIBOBJS@,,;t t
>>> ---
>>> Is there some workaround now to get dovecot-lda compiled?

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