Brno, day 3

Feeling sick… Churning along…

macOS Spice Build

checking for python module libxml2... not found
configure: error: Python module libxml2 is needed to run this package
*** Error during phase configure of itstool: ########## Error running ./configure --prefix /Users/ddd/spice-jhbuild/inst --disable-Werror  --disable-static --disable-gtk-doc --disable-introspection  *** [6/47]


brew install libxml2 --with-python
cd /Library/Python/2.7/site-packages
sudo ln -s /usr/local/Cellar/libxml2/2.9.4_2/lib/python2.7/site-packages/* .

Notice that the --with-python option is missing in some answers on the web.

Next error:

configure: error: GNU gettext tools not found; required for intltool
*** Error during phase configure of yelp-xsl: ########## Error running ./configure --prefix /Users/ddd/spice-jhbuild/inst --disable-Werror  --disable-static --disable-gtk-doc --disable-introspection  *** [8/47]

This one is a bit more tricky, because gettext is “keg-only” on macOS Brew, meaning that since macOS comes up with the BSD gettext, the GNU version cannot be placed in the default path without breaking stuff.

So I dropped to a shell (option 4 proposed by jhbuild after the failure) and manually ran configure with environment variables pointing to the right locations:

PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/Cellar/gettext/ LDFLAGS=-L/usr/local/Cellar/gettext/ CPPFLAGS=-I/usr/local/Cellar/gettext/ ./configure

After that, I get a rather strange crash. I believe that jhbuild did not realize I had configured things myself.

test -z "/usr/local/share/pkgconfig" || ./install-sh -c -d "/Users/ddd/spice-jhbuild/inst/_jhbuild/root-yelp-xsl/usr/local/share/pkgconfig"
 /usr/bin/install -c -m 644 yelp-xsl.pc '/Users/ddd/spice-jhbuild/inst/_jhbuild/root-yelp-xsl/usr/local/share/pkgconfig'
W: Ignoring uninstalled package: yelp-xsl
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/Users/ddd/.local/bin/jhbuild", line 32, in 
  File "/Users/ddd/Work/jhbuild/Source/jhbuild/jhbuild/", line 155, in main
    rc =, config, args, help=lambda: print_help(parser))
  File "/Users/ddd/Work/jhbuild/Source/jhbuild/jhbuild/commands/", line 183, in run
    return cmd.execute(config, args, help)
  File "/Users/ddd/Work/jhbuild/Source/jhbuild/jhbuild/commands/", line 52, in execute
    return, options, args, help)
  File "/Users/ddd/Work/jhbuild/Source/jhbuild/jhbuild/commands/", line 268, in run
  File "/Users/ddd/Work/jhbuild/Source/jhbuild/jhbuild/frontends/", line 163, in build
    error, altphases = module.run_phase(self, phase)
  File "/Users/ddd/Work/jhbuild/Source/jhbuild/jhbuild/modtypes/", line 420, in run_phase
  File "/Users/ddd/Work/jhbuild/Source/jhbuild/jhbuild/modtypes/", line 314, in do_install
    self.process_install(buildscript, self.get_revision())
  File "/Users/ddd/Work/jhbuild/Source/jhbuild/jhbuild/modtypes/", line 316, in process_install
    new_contents = fileutils.accumulate_dirtree_contents(destdir_prefix)
  File "/Users/ddd/Work/jhbuild/Source/jhbuild/jhbuild/utils/", line 45, in accumulate_dirtree_contents
    _accumulate_dirtree_contents_recurse(path, contents)
  File "/Users/ddd/Work/jhbuild/Source/jhbuild/jhbuild/utils/", line 27, in _accumulate_dirtree_contents_recurse
    names = os.listdir(path)
OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/Users/ddd/spice-jhbuild/inst/_jhbuild/root-yelp-xsl/Users/ddd/spice-jhbuild/inst'

The next run of jhbuild still tries to construct yelp-xsl. Time for plan B:

PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/Cellar/gettext/ LDFLAGS=-L/usr/local/Cellar/gettext/ CPPFLAGS=-I/usr/local/Cellar/gettext/ jhbuild -f jhbuildrc build

That goes one step further, then stops on:

configure: error: could not find DocBook XML DTD V4.3 in XML catalog
*** Error during phase configure of gtk-doc: ########## Error running ./configure --prefix /Users/ddd/spice-jhbuild/inst --disable-Werror --with-xml-catalog=$JHBUILD_PREFIX/share/xml/catalog --disable-static --disable-gtk-doc --disable-introspection  *** [10/47]

Simplest thing here is probably to brew install gtk-doc. A bit scary, because now it builds Python 2.7.13 from sources. But oh well, while I’m at it 😉

Next error in line is:

autoreconf -fi
Can't exec "glibtoolize": No such file or directory at /usr/local/Cellar/autoconf/2.69/share/autoconf/Autom4te/ line 345,  line 4.
autoreconf: failed to run glibtoolize: No such file or directory
autoreconf: glibtoolize is needed because this package uses Libtool
*** Error during phase configure of glib: ########## Error running autoreconf -fi *** [13/47]

Linux Spice Build

Finally ran jhbuild successfully all the way. Now utilizing 49% of the root disk on the Linux partition… This is quite a bit more than I was expecting.

Half a sick day

Went back to the hotel to sleep all afternoon…


Author: Christophe de Dinechin

I try to change the world, but that's work in progress. If you want to know me, google "Christophe de Dinechin". Keywords: concept programming, virtualization, OS design, programming languages, video games, 3D, modern physics. Some stuff I did that I'm proud of: the first "true" 3D game for the PC, HP's big iron virtualization, real-time test systems for car electronics, some of the best games for the HP48 calculator, a theory of physics that makes sense (at least to me).

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