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Bug #18479 Bad Error Message: (libgd)
Submitted: 2002-07-22 18:22 UTC Modified: 2003-05-29 12:14 UTC
From: ewhite at stsci dot edu Assigned:
Status: Closed Package: GD related
PHP Version: 4.2.1 OS: Doesn't Matter
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2002-07-22 18:22 UTC] ewhite at stsci dot edu
When you include gd support through configure, at some point it takes steps to actually detect, and make sure that libgd exists on your machine.

It does separate checks, looking for a lib/libgd.(a|so), as well as a check for include/gd.h

The problem is (which I ran into), that the error message for either of these checks failing is:

configure: error: Unable to find libgd.(a|so) anywhere under 'blah'

In my case, it WAS finding libgd.a, but it was complaining because it couldn't find gd.h   It took me lots of hair pulling to finally figure out (via scanning the configure scripts) that it was actually complaining about not seeing gd.h where it expected it.

The error message should EITHER specify which error occured (preferrable), or give a more generic error message of: "can't find libgd.a OR gd.h"


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 [2002-07-22 21:11 UTC]
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 [2003-05-29 12:00 UTC] sellingsolutions at hotmail dot com
I am having this same problem in the current PHP ver 4.3.1.

Is this a new bug or does the source need to be updated?

Thank you,

 [2003-05-29 12:14 UTC]
4.3.2 was released today - try it out.
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