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Thursday May 29, 2003
11:32 AM

Solaris vs Oracle vs gcc vs me

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Yesterday we upgraded to Oracle 9.2.0 on our Solaris 8 box. While the database installation went fine, I ran into a wholly different snag - I can't build against For those that need to build an Oracle driver for Perl or Ruby, that's bad.

It took me a bit to figure out what was going on, but turned out to be some sort of linker problem (as usual). I tried building this simple C program:

/* test.c */
/* gcc -Wall -o test -L/oracle9023/lib -lclntsh test.c */
int main(){
   return 0;

int t(){
   return 0;

Using Sun's ld I end up with ELFCLASS errors. Using GNU's ld I end up with incompatability errors with Yeah, I tried -m64, -m32, and some other flags, too.

I've successfully built Oracle 8 on the same box and Oracle 9.0.1 on my own Solaris box, so I'd really like to know WTF happened between Oracle 9.0.1 and 9.2.0. At this point I've requested a license for Sun's Forte compiler, with the hope that it will solve our compiler/linker problems forever.

Yeah, right.

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  • gcc 2.95, 3.x (cant remember which version) have both worked fine for me..

    Solaris 2.8, Oracle 9.0.1 first and then we upgraded to 9.2 recently.. I upgraded to 5.8 after we put in 9.2, no problems ?

    Of course, I cheated a bit for a test machine, went to sunfreeware and snagged the Perl package and then just compiled the dbd::oracle module.. I've never trusted the ld that is supplied by Sun incidentally.. gotten some weird errors off it

    • If you used the Solaris package for Perl then you're using a Perl built with Sun's compiler, and not gcc. Frankly, I'm surprised DBD::Oracle compiled without incident unless you used Solaris::PerlGcc.

      Ultimately, though, it's a compiler issue. Maybe 'as' is involved, too. I'm simply out of my league at this point.

      • Umm.. no.. Perl package for Solaris 2.8 is from here [].. I just grepped through the Makefile that was generated when I installed DBD::Oracle on that machine and...
        # These definitions are from (via /usr/local/lib/perl5/5.8.0/sun4-sola ris/
        # They may have been overridden via Makefile.PL or on the command line
        AR = ar
        CC = gcc -B/usr/ccs/bin/
        CCCDLFLAGS = -fPIC
        CCDLFLAGS =
        DLEXT = so
        DLSRC = dl_dlopen.xs
        LD = gcc -B/usr/ccs/bin/
        LDDLFLAGS = -G -L/usr/local/lib

        If I install with