Dwarf Error: found dwarf version ‘4’, this reader only handles version 2 information [Solved]

I was trying to compile latest version of ‘tar‘ (version 1.28) from source. The ./configure script exited with an error message as “error: you should not run configure as root“. As suggested in the error, I quit from ‘root‘ user and executed the configure script as unprivileged user. The error went off, but during ‘make‘, the build exited with an error message as ‘Dwarf Error: found dwarf version ‘4’, this reader only handles version 2 information‘. I did googled around for the solution, but nothing worked.

Below is the complete error message:

# ./configure

The above command went through without any error. Below is the error message during ‘make’.

# make
 ::::::::::::::::::::
 /usr/bin/ld: Dwarf Error: found dwarf version '4', this reader only handles version 2 information.
 ../gnu/libgnu.a(argp-fmtstream.o): In function `realpath':
 argp-fmtstream.c:(.text+0x0): multiple definition of `realpath'
 rmt.o:rmt.c:(.text+0x5d0): first defined here
 ../gnu/libgnu.a(argp-fmtstream.o): In function `ptsname_r':
 argp-fmtstream.c:(.text+0x10): multiple definition of `ptsname_r'
 rmt.o:rmt.c:(.text+0x5e0): first defined here
 ../gnu/libgnu.a(argp-fmtstream.o): In function `wctomb':
 argp-fmtstream.c:(.text+0x20): multiple definition of `wctomb'
 rmt.o:rmt.c:(.text+0x5f0): first defined here
 ../gnu/libgnu.a(argp-fmtstream.o): In function `mbstowcs':
 argp-fmtstream.c:(.text+0x30): multiple definition of `mbstowcs'
 rmt.o:rmt.c:(.text+0x600): first defined here
 ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Can you help me to solve this error?

Tar compilation error

Solution:

You can tell the compiler via CFLAGS to not emit DWARF4 info with ‘-gdwarf-2 -gstrict-dwarf

Set CFLAGS as below:

# export CFLAGS='-gdwarf-2 -gstrict-dwarf'

Make clean the previous build as below:

# make clean

Execute ./configure script again:

# ./ configure

Make:

# make

Install:

# sudo make install
$ /usr/local/bin/tar --version
tar (GNU tar) 1.28

Now the ‘tar’ is installed successfully.

Updated on September 2, 2017

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