arbitrary build can't find libs - right way to do this?

Steve Franks stevefranks at
Tue Nov 20 16:12:50 PST 2007

On Nov 20, 2007 4:16 PM, Roland Smith <rsmith at> wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 20, 2007 at 03:34:29PM -0700, Steve Franks wrote:
> > I'm trying to compile a non-port application for the first time ever.
> > The associated library built and installed just fine - I can see them
> > right in /usr/local/lib and usr/local/include/libnamefoo.h  However,
> > when I run ./configure for the application, it clearly can't find the
> > libs.  So my question is, should I be changing my path, is there a
> > standard variable I need to export, or what?  Obviously for ports this
> > just works, so I've never had to do it.  I'm sure there's a standard
> > way, so I thought I'd get in the habit of doing that right from the
> > start...
> The best way would be to write a port makefile and submit it. That way
> you only have to figure it out once. Especially if the app needs patches
> to work correctly on FreeBSD. And in case of a free software app, others
> can use it as well, _and_ help you with bugfixing. :-) For closed source
> stuff submitting a port would probably be useless.

I'd love to (submit a port), but how do I make a port if I can't even
get it to work the first time myself?
    configure --includedir=/usr/local/include doesn't work;
    export CPATH =/usr/local/include doesn't work;
    export CPPFLAGS -l/usr/local/include doesn't work;
    I've checked the permissions,
    and I can see the file right there, but configure/gcc can't.  The
developer swears something must be 'different' about freebsd because
his gcc finds the same file in /usr/local/include.  Appears his system
is gentoo...


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