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  1. ZABBIX FEATURE REQUESTS
  2. ZBXNEXT-4826

Hardcoded in configure.ac ranlib executable name breaks compilation with LTO

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    • Type: Change Request
    • Status: Open
    • Priority: Trivial
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Affects Version/s: None
    • Fix Version/s: None
    • Component/s: Installation (I)
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    • Environment:
      Debian Wheezy, gcc 8.2

      Description

      When compiling Zabbix with gcc -flto compilation breaks due to using wrong ranlib executable name. ranlib is a essenital part of LTO compilation process. Starting with gcc 4.9, LTO compilation requires to use gcc-specific versions of ar, nm and ranlib: gcc-ar, gcc-nm and gcc-ranlib. In packaged gcc versions of the most Linux distributions ranlib and gcc-ranlib usually are the same. But in the cross compilation toolchains they are not. So there is a need to tell the configure process that we are not going to use deault ranlib.
      Passing specific ranlib to configure (RANLIB=/some/path/to/ranlib ./configure ...) doesn't affect the value of RANLIB variable in the generated Makefiles. It always equals just "ranlib". The only way to use a specific version of ranlib is to when using make: make RANLIB=/some/path/to/ranlib.
      The reason of such configure behavior is at the line 1606 of configure.ac (as in 3.4.11 tarball version):

      RANLIB="ranlib"

      It means that generated configure will be in all the cases set RANLIB variable to be equal just "ranlib".
      As Zabbix is a Libtoolized project, libtool by default checks the presence of ranlib and sets RANLIB variable according to result. It checks the environmental variable RANLIB which may be passed to configure. I don't see any reason why there is a need to hardcode ranlib executable name.
      Removing that line and then executing autoreconf -fi allows to configure correctly set RANLIB variable and as result LTO compilation succeeds.

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              zabbix.support Zabbix Support Team
              Reporter:
              am813nt Sergey Kuritsin
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