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Re: Compiler isn't finding system header files

Thanks for speaking down to me. This problem has already been cleared up.

On Nov 28, 2007 5:19 PM, Brian Dessent <> wrote:
> mofomojo wrote:
> > I have the libraries installed, and EVEN if I specify the location of
> > the file - in a command like -I/usr/lib/include/gcc/i486
> > -linux-gnu/4.1.2/include/ssp/ (where the system headers are
> > installed)I still get the output ...
> You should never have to do that, so don't try.  (And for the record,
> that directory is only for libssp headers, it is not where things like
> stdio.h would be in general; they are under /usr/include because they
> are not part of gcc.)  It means there is another problem.
> > I have installed, on my system, Debian 4.0 Gnu/Linux with GCC
> > installed from the CD provided from the Debian distribution site
> > ( ).  I've struggled at this for hours trying to figure what
> > is wrong, and I've wasted most of the daylight today trying at this
> > which is very valuable to me, seeing as winter is approaching and I
> > get very little daylight as is with school and everything :(
> >
> >  this is the summary of the output for what I tried to compile here.
> > It failed to produce the binary.
> >
> >  gcc -g -I/usr/lib/include/gcc/i486-linux-gnu/4.1.2/include/ssp/ -c
> > pdf417decode.c
> >  pdf417decode.c:39:19: error: stdio.h: No such file or directory
> Headers like stdio.h are not part of gcc.  They're part of the libc, so
> no amount of installing gcc packages is going to change that.  Most
> distros split libraries into the runtime and developer parts, because
> most users don't need the developer parts; but they're required for
> compilation, which is a developer task.  Thus you need to install the
> libc-dev package (apt-get install libc-dev).  However, a better route is
> to install the metapackage build-essential (apt-get install
> build-essential) which is like a placeholder for all the packages that
> are commonly required to build C and C++ programs.
> > If anyone could help, I would be very very gracious so I don't waste
> > any more time on this problem. It's really giving me headaches.
> I notice that you didn't get a reply and posted to the main gcc list.
> That's somewhat of an inconsiderate thing to do.  The whole point of
> having separate lists for help using gcc and for people developing gcc
> is to make it easier on people that already are very busy and get a lot
> of mail.  By posting to both you defeat the purpose for having two
> lists, and some people might consider that rude.
> Brian

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