Building on FreeBSD 6.1

Aron Stansvik elvstone at
Sat Oct 7 17:11:43 PDT 2006

2006/10/8, Steev Klimaszewski <steev at>:
> Aron Stansvik wrote:
> > Hello DBus folks!
> >
> > Today I tried building 0.93 on FreeBSD 6.1 and bumped into two minor
> > issues. The first is that on FreeBSD dirfd(2) is a macro, and not a
> > function, and hence will not be found by the AC_CHECK_FUNCS() macro in
> > This results in a compilation error as on my system
> > dbus-sysdeps-util-unix.c:518 is reached:
> >
> > #           error "buffer size for readdir_r cannot be determined"
> >
> > thiago suggested on IRC that AC_TRY_COMPILE should be used to check
> > for dirfd(2) instead, but I'm an autotools illiterate so I don't quite
> > know how to go about this (I also saw in autoconf manual that
> > AC_TRY_COMPILE is deprecated in favor of AC_COMPILE_IFELSE(), which I
> > guess should be used instead).
> >
> > The second problem is simpler; FreeBSD needs the -pthread link flag in
> > order to find the POSIX threads symbols.
> >
> > These are the two things that are needed to get DBus to compile out of
> > the box on FreeBSD, so if someone with their fingers deep in the build
> > system could respond, that would be great.
> >
> > If access to a FreeBSD system would help, e-mail me privatly and you
> > can get an account on my machine.
> >
> > Thanks for your great work on an important piece in the *NIX desktop
> > puzzle.
> >
> > Best regards,
> > Aron Stansvik
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> >
> Hey Aron, list,
> Sorry for a super long time in replying, my networking at home has been
> shoddy lately.  With regards to building on FreeBSD, could you have a
> look at and see if
> that patch works for you?  Also, Havoc, when you have some time, could
> you review the patch as well?  This is a different version of the patch
> that I had previously sent to the mailing list (Re: Compiling on
> FreeBSD)  Thanks!

Hi Steev.

Thanks for replying. With the patch, I get this:

checking dynamic linker characteristics... freebsd6.1
checking how to hardcode library paths into programs... immediate
./configure: line 19091: syntax error near unexpected token `,{'
./configure: line 19091: `ACX_PTHREAD(,{ { echo "$as_me:$LINENO:
error: Missing POSIX Threads support" >&5'

I'm not sure what the problem is. I did regenerate my 'configure' with
the autotools, as I saw that was updated. I think we're
closer to a working out-of-the box build though, as I looked at the
changes in the patch and they make sense to me.

Thanks for any advice on how to solve the above error.


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