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[Solved] arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc: No such file or directory


I installed Debian 8, just moved from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. After which the ARM cross compiler failed to work

The error message was No such file or directory, which looks strange also misleading.

$ ./arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc
bash: ./arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc: No such file or directory


$ /opt/arm-tools/gcc-linaro-arm-linux-gnueabihf-4.8-2014.03_linux/bin/arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc
bash: /opt/arm-tools/gcc-linaro-arm-linux-gnueabihf-4.8-2014.03_linux/bin/arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc: No such file or directory

I tried lots of thing, permissions, path setup, and soon.

Nothing worked

While troubleshooting I just found the binary was compiled for 32bit system, Wow that was the clue.

$ file /opt/arm-tools/gcc-linaro-arm-linux-gnueabihf-4.8-2014.03_linux/bin/arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc-4.8.3 /opt/arm-tools/gcc-linaro-arm-linux-gnueabihf-4.8-2014.03_linux/bin/arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc-4.8.3: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked, interpreter /lib/, for GNU/Linux 2.6.15, stripped

But system OS was pure 64bit installation.

$ uname -a
Linux onion 3.16.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.16.39-1 (2016-12-30) x86_64 GNU/Linux

From my experience of toolchain building task earlier, I knew this was due to Multilib. I need to install Multilib package to support executing of 32bit binaries.


Enable i386 package installation support

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update

Install packages need to build source code on the system

sudo apt-get install git build-essential fakeroot

gcc-multilib is the package which will enable running 32bit (x86) binaries on 64bit (amd64/x86_64) system.

sudo apt-get install gcc-multilib
sudo apt-get install zlib1g:i386

Now lets try it again

$ /opt/arm-tools/gcc-linaro-arm-linux-gnueabihf-4.8-2014.03_linux/bin/arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc
arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc-4.8.3: fatal error: no input files
compilation terminated.

Additional steps

Since I am compiling Linux kernel for ARM MPU, I was in need of these additional packages installed.

  • u-boot-tools - for mkimage tool
  • lzop for compression
sudo apt-get install u-boot-tools lzop

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