Help compiling an idl for an Add-in

lucass lucass at
Tue Nov 10 04:53:32 PST 2015

I downloaded the rpm file on the official site and extracted it (using the
file compression tool that comes with ubuntu).
I couldn't make idlc work, but I think it was because my own lack of
When running idlc it complained about not finding .
I've changed idlc to output what it was calling and it is indeed calling
the idlc.bin on the same folder on the sdk.
Is there anything else you think I could try to investigate the problem a
little further?
I'm more experienced on Java, so I'm sorry that I can't provide any further


On Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 7:15 PM, lucass <lucass at> wrote:

> Hi Bjoern,
> This is the cpp output:
> ➜  ~  cpp --version
> cpp (Ubuntu 5.2.1-22ubuntu2) 5.2.1 20151010
> Copyright (C) 2015 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
> This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is NO
> So, 5.2.1 right?
> I'll try to download the sdk instead to check if it compiles.
> I'll let you know the result.
> thanks
> On Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 9:39 AM, Bjoern Michaelsen <
> bjoern.michaelsen at> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> On Mon, Nov 09, 2015 at 10:58:20AM +0100, Stephan Bergmann wrote:
>> > The SDK's idlc calls out to a C preprocessor to preprocess the .idl
>> files.
>> > Normally, it calls the ucpp executable next to itself in the SDK's bin
>> dir.
>> > I assume that something is broken in the Ubuntu setup, and that idlc
>> calls
>> > some other preprocessor in a way that does not work.
>> Ubuntu uses cpp as provided by gcc. This is known not to work with
>> gcc-4.8, but
>> so far there was no indication for me that it doesnt work with later
>> versions
>> of gcc.
>> @lucass: What gcc version do you have installed? (What does "cpp
>> --version" say?)
>> Best,
>> Bjoern
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