[gnutls-devel] Errors building GnuTLS

Jaak Ristioja jaak.ristioja at cyber.ee
Fri Feb 1 10:27:36 CET 2013

At first I thought the same, but when I started hacking on it, it
actually proved to be easier to implement it this way, because
previously whether a tool (e.g. srptool) is built or not was dependent
on whether certain feature (e.g. SRP) was enabled or not.

Additionally, I already have a usecase where I need to install just some
of the tools (i.e. certtool). If I only had --disable-tools, I'd have to
work around it using other means (i.e. integrate some sed/patching
capabilities to my automatic building tools).

Of course it is possible to implement a --disable-tools, but then the
Makefile.am files might require even more conditional checking (e.g. for
srptool, this would mean checking for --disable-tools, --disable-srp and

My proposed changes don't make the build system perfect in this matter,
but they're simple and sufficient for most use cases, I think.

Best regards,

On 01.02.2013 10:18, Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos wrote:
> Thank you for the patch. Do you think that allowing the disable of
> individual applications is needed? I thought it would be better to
> have a global option disable-tools to disable all of them.
> regards,
> Nikos
> On Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 10:38 AM, Jaak Ristioja <jaak.ristioja at cyber.ee> wrote:
>> On 28.01.2013 13:11, Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos wrote:
>>> On Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 11:17 AM, Jaak Ristioja <jaak.ristioja at cyber.ee> wrote:
>>>> On 26.01.2013 15:00, Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos wrote:
>>>>> On 01/26/2013 11:45 AM, Jaak Ristioja wrote:
>>>>>> I'm trying to build GnuTLS (currently from git master), but I'm getting
>>>>>> some errors. Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but I did
>>> [...]
>>>>> I've now fixed the issue you quote. For other issues, or when in doubt
>>>>> feel free to ask.
>>>> Thanks! The fix worked for that error. :) Here's what I get next on one
>>>> of my systems:
>>>> make[4]: Entering directory `/home/jotik/develop/gnutls/gnutls.git/src'
>>>>   CCLD   danetool
>>>>   CCLD   certtool
>>>> danetool.o: In function `dane_info':
>>> [...]
>>>> In addition is there a way to ./configure GnuTLS not to build these
>>>> tools? My goal is just to build a simple library.
>>> There is no option to disable the programs, but I would accept any
>>> patches for that.
>>> However, you can just ignore these errors and install the libraries
>>> you're interested at (e.g., cd lib && make install)
>> I'm not very proficient with autotools, but here's my attempt to provide
>> some patches for this:
>>   https://gitorious.org/gnutls/gnutls/merge_requests/2
>> Best regards,
>> Jaak
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