[GRASS-dev] Having trouble building GRASS from source and asking for help

Nikos Alexandris nik at nikosalexandris.net
Tue May 16 01:40:40 PDT 2017

* Paul Schrum <paul.schrum at gmail.com> [2017-05-15 16:14:12 -0400]:

>I am attempting to build GRASS on my machine and I suppose I am having
>trouble.  I am so bewildered by all of this I can't actually be sure.  I am
>posting to request help.  Here is my situation:
>I am new to GRASS development, and I am working on GSoC on integrating PDAL
>interoperability.   I have not yet set up my project's wiki page or I would
>link it in this sentence.
>I am running OSGeo-live on Oracle Virtual Box with my base OS being Windows
>My mentor, Vashek Petras, directed me to start here:
>and work through the build procedure.  On that page, I got down as far
>as "simple
>configure, compile and install" and ran that once.  I don't remember what
>it told me, but I figured it was okay since I could always do it again, so
>I executed the next line (under the "or"):
>./configure && make -j2  &&  sudo checkinstall
>When I do this, I get the message
>Building Debian package... FAILED!

Note, checkinstall is mean to help installing software that you can
easily uninstall later on if and when you wish so.

Do you intend to build a .deb package to install it afterwards
on a system that uses deb packages?  If not, I suggest that you don't
use checkinstall at all.  See also Vaclav's answer in his own post in
this thread.

What you could do, after configuring and before actually compiling, is
perhaps you want to look at/run `make check` (see


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