[gambit-list] Compiling Gambit under Termux/Android

Phil Bewig pbewig at gmail.com
Thu May 11 09:29:14 EDT 2017

I had never heard of GnuRoot before this thread, and I was already annoyed
at the non-standard paths in Termux, so I decided to look at GnuRoot.

I downloaded GnuRoot at lunch yesterday, then discovered I needed GnuRoot
Wheezy as well, then when I ran that it told me those two options were
obsolete and I needed GnuRoot Debian, so I uninstalled the other two and
downloaded that. Looked fine. I then did 'apt-get update' and got an error
message. It turns out that my employer blocks the Debian sites, for some

So yesterday evening I did 'apt-get update' and 'apt-get upgrade'; that
took a while. Then I tried to wget the Gambit tgz file, but discovered
neither wget nor curl is automatic with GnuRoot Debian, so I fetched both.

Then I downloaded Gambit, untarred, and did './configure'. But configure
wasn't executable, so it didn't work. I said 'chmod 777 configure' but the
execute bit still wasn't set. Searching Google I discovered that error
occurs because the sd card is mounted noexec, but I don't have an sdcard,
so I'm baffled.

Anyway, I did 'sh configure' and got an error message that gcc isn't
installed. What kind of Debian is this? So I fetched gcc and did 'sh
configure' again. I got another error message, I forget what.

So I gave up and went to bed.

I'll keep dealing with this over the next few days, and let you know when I
make some progress.

Thanks to everyone who offered advice.


On Tue, May 9, 2017 at 4:42 PM, <Alexander.Shendi at web.de> wrote:

> Dear Phil,
> so I dug out my Nexus 9 tablet and tried to recompile gambit 4.8.5.
> The procedure is a little more involved than I had remembered. I used the
> following commands
> to compile gambit:
> termux-fix-shebang configure gsc-boot.unix install-sh relpath mkidirs
> TMPDIR=$HOME/tmp CONFIG_SHELL=$PREFIX/bin/sh CC=clang LIBS=-llog
> ./configure --prefix=$HOME/gambit-tmp
> make
> make install
> Comments:
> 1.) You must update the shebang path in 5 files, not 2 as I had
>     previously written. You can use the termux-fix-shebang utility to do
> this
>     (as shown above).
> 2.) TMPDIR=$HOME/tmp is necessary as /tmp is not writeable for Termux apps.
> 3.) Recently Termux has switched to clang instead of gcc. Unfortunately on
> my
>     tablet clang runs out of memory compiling gambit. I did not have this
> problem
>     with gcc.
> Nevertheless I hope this helps. Maybe clang is a little less memory hungry
> on your 32bit
> (ARM7) machine. If all fails, the GNUroot option may prove better for you.
> There you
> can simply "./configure; make; make install".
> I wish you good luck. Do not hesitate to contact me, if I can be of
> further help.
> Best regards,
> Alexander
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