[gdal-dev] /usr/lib/libexpat.so: could not read symbols: File in wrong format

Steve Williams williams at csr.utexas.edu
Fri Nov 20 18:08:57 EST 2009

I am trying to compile gdal as per the instructions of the developer of 
specialized remote sensing software called gamma 
(http://www.gamma-rs.ch/).  The platform is a Dell T410 dual Xeon 
processor system with 8GB of memory, running Redhat Enterprise Linux 
(RHEL 5.4 x86_64).  The configure goes smoothly, but on the make I am 
getting the error on the subject line and the make fails.  The configure 
instructions are very specific from gamma:

./configure --without-python --without-php --without-ruby --without-perl 
--without-jasper \
--without-curl --without-odbc --with-png=internal 
--with-libtiff=internal --with-libgeotiff=internal \
--with-jpeg=internal --with-sqlite=no --with-libz=internal 
--without-cfitsio --with-gif=internal --without-netcdf \
--without-pg --without-hdf4 --without-hdf5 --without-geos  
--enable-shared --prefix=/usr/local/gdal

the last few lines on the failed make are:

make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/local/src/gdal-1.5.4'
/bin/sh /usr/local/src/gdal-1.5.4/libtool --mode=link   g++   
-I/usr/include -lsqlite3 -L/usr/lib -lexpat  -lm -lrt -ldl      -o 
libgdal.la /usr/local/src/gdal-1.5.4/frmts/o/*.lo 
/usr/local/src/gdal-1.5.4/gcore/*.lo /usr/local/src/gdal-1.5.4/port/*.lo 
./ogr/ogrgeometryfactory.lo ./ogr/ogrpoint.lo ./ogr/ogrcurve.lo 
./ogr/ogrlinestring.lo ./ogr/ogrlinearring.lo ./ogr/ogrpolygon.lo 
./ogr/ogrutils.lo ./ogr/ogrgeometry.lo ./ogr/ogrgeometrycollection.lo 
./ogr/ogrmultipolygon.lo ./ogr/ogrsurface.lo ./ogr/ogrmultipoint.lo 
./ogr/ogrmultilinestring.lo ./ogr/ogr_api.lo ./ogr/ogrfeature.lo 
./ogr/ogrfeaturedefn.lo ./ogr/ogrfeaturequery.lo 
./ogr/ogrfeaturestyle.lo ./ogr/ogrfielddefn.lo 
./ogr/ogrspatialreference.lo ./ogr/ogr_srsnode.lo ./ogr/ogr_srs_proj4.lo 
./ogr/ogr_fromepsg.lo ./ogr/ogrct.lo ./ogr/ogr_opt.lo 
./ogr/ogr_srs_esri.lo ./ogr/ogr_srs_pci.lo ./ogr/ogr_srs_usgs.lo 
./ogr/ogr_srs_dict.lo ./ogr/ogr_srs_panorama.lo ./ogr/ogr_srs_erm.lo 
./ogr/swq.lo ./ogr/ogr_srs_validate.lo ./ogr/ogr_srs_xml.lo 
./ogr/ograssemblepolygon.lo ./ogr/ogr2gmlgeometry.lo 
./ogr/gml2ogrgeometry.lo \
            -rpath /usr/local/gdal/lib \
            -no-undefined \
            -version-info 13:4:12
libtool: link: rm -fr  .libs/libgdal.la.lnkscript
libtool: link: creating GNU ld script: .libs/libgdal.la.lnkscript
libtool: link: g++ -shared -nostdlib 
.libs/libgdal.la.lnkscript  -lsqlite3 -L/usr/lib /usr/lib/libexpat.so 
-lrt -ldl -L/usr/lib/gcc/x86_64-redhat-linux/4.1.2 
-L/lib/../lib64 -L/usr/lib/../lib64 -lstdc++ -lm -lc -lgcc_s 
-Wl,-soname -Wl,libgdal.so.1 -o .libs/libgdal.so.1.12.4
/usr/lib/libexpat.so: could not read symbols: File in wrong format
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make[1]: *** [libgdal.la] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/local/src/gdal-1.5.4'
make: *** [check-lib] Error 2

anybody seen this before or have a suggested fix?


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