On 19/08/11 15:00, Armin Armbruster wrote:
Thanks Keith,

On 8/18/2011 at 5:10 PM, Keith Marshall <keithmarshall@users.sourceforge.net>

SP3 rings alarm bells here.  We banished it from our production
facility, where we continue to run around 60 mission critical XP-SP2
system boxes; applying SP3 was determined to be destructive.

I've tried 3 machines now, all SP3, all show the same symptoms.

- using the same MinGW and same gsl sources on a Win 7 machine works
Which tends to confirm that the problem is peculiar to XP-SP3.
I don't have a machine without SP3 at hand at the moment. Need to talk to IT.
On the other hand Peter R. seems to be able to build, despite SP3.

- I've tried on another XP machine and got the same failure than on
my own machine.
XP-SP3 again?  Need I say more?  I don't think this is a MinGW problem,
so much as a problem with SP3.

- The only notable differences we found are that on the XP machines
uname -s returns MINGW32_NT-5.1, on Windows Vista it is 
MINGW32_NT-6.0 and on Windows 7 it is MINGW32_NT-6.1.
This is exactly what I would expect.
Just for clarification, here's step by step what I'm doing:

1. Download MinGW installer and install MinGW/Msys. 
(I've tried both, installing Msys Basic system only as well as Development Toolkit, same results)

2. Download gsl and extract to c:\gsl-1.15

I am mystified! The only thing I am doing different is unpacking in home under the c:/mingw directory.

3. Open MinGW shell and cd to /c/gsl-1.15

3. Execute ./configure

Can you then run make? Does this build the libraries? Or just fail?


After this I inspect config.h and find it's an unmodified copy of config.h.in (except for additional 1st line).

I attached both the config.h and config.log for examination.


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