Building OpenSSH 3.5p1 on SunOS 4.1.4

From: John P. Martin (
Date: 12/31/02

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            I am having trouble building OpenSSH 3.5p1 under SunOS 4.1.4. I
    am using gcc 2.95.2, and have successfully built OpenSSL 0.9.6g and zlib
    1.1.4, but having unpacked gzipped tarball of OpenSSH, the "./configure"
    step fails. It appears to hang for a while (a few minutes) before
    generating any output, which looks like:

      $ ./configure
      ./configure: /tmp/sh104475: No such file or directory
      ./configure: /tmp/sh104476: No such file or directory
      ./configure: /tmp/sh104477: No such file or directory
      ./configure: /tmp/sh104478: No such file or directory
      ./configure: /tmp/sh104479: No such file or directory
      ./configure: /tmp/sh1044710: No such file or directory
      ./configure: /tmp/sh1044711: No such file or directory
      ./configure: /tmp/sh1044712: No such file or directory
      configure: loading cache /dev/null
      checking for gcc... gcc
      ./configure: /tmp/sh1044713: No such file or directory
      checking for C compiler default output... configure: error: C compiler
    cannot create executables

    I had a look at the configure script, and discovered that even
    "./configure --help" fails, and this appears to be caused by the "exec
    6>&1" section of script. I took out all the exec statements which
    redirected file descriptor 6, and "./configure --help" works, but a full
    configure fails as before.

    I suspect that there is something weird about SunOS' Bourne shell/exec,
    but I don't know where to go now. I checked the MARC archives, but
    can't find anything like this.

    Anybody got any ideas?



    John P. Martin
    Senior Unix Systems Administrator
    G.I.S., Motorola.

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