[swift-users] Building Swift 3 under ArchLinux

Farhan Ahmed inshany at gmail.com
Sun Jul 17 14:58:34 CDT 2016

Thanks Kyle for the help and link to the swiftenv. I didn’t know it was available, and was wondering if there was one available… saves me the trouble of writing one ;)

I have all dependencies installed. The error seems to be that the docs/tools/swift.1 file that is created is zero bytes, so I am thinking that that file should not be zero bytes… back to figuring out why that file is zero bytes.

As an aside, to me this looks like it is trying to build docs or something non-essential, therefore why throw an error, and not a warning and continue with the build? (this is a question for you Swift build managers! … if anyone from there is reading this.) 


> On Jul 17, 2016, at 5:14 AM, Kyle Fuller via swift-users <swift-users at swift.org> wrote:
> Hi Farhan,
> To build Swift on ArchLinux you will need to install the perl package which includes pod2man. I think the list of dependencies at https://swiftenv.fuller.li/en/latest/building-swift.html#arch-linux is correct and should contain everything you need.
>    $ pacman -S perl libbsd icu git libedit python2 clang make ninja
> Hope this helps,
> Kyle
>> Hi,
>> I am hoping someone would be able to help with the following problem:
>> I am trying to build Swift 3 under ArchLinux. I have followed the build instructions and everything has been cloned and kick off the build by typing: ./swift/utils/build-script -R
>> After a long while the build errors out at (emphasis mine):
>> copying static files... done
>> copying extra files... done
>> dumping search index in English (code: en) ... done
>> dumping object inventory... done
>> build succeeded.
>> [574/574] Generating swift.1
>> FAILED: docs/tools/swift.1 
>> cd /home/insha/build/Ninja-ReleaseAssert/swift-linux-x86_64/docs/tools && /usr/bin/core_perl/pod2man --section 1 --center Swift\ Documentation --release --name swift --stderr /home/insha/swift/docs/tools/swift.pod > /home/insha/build/Ninja-ReleaseAssert/swift-linux-x86_64/docs/tools/swift.1
>> Can't open swift: No such file or directory at /usr/bin/core_perl/pod2man line 70.
>> ninja: build stopped: subcommand failed.
>> ./swift/utils/build-script: fatal error: command terminated with a non-zero exit status 1, aborting
>> So what am I doing wrong? What can I do to either fix this issue or skip it if it is not essential (i.e. docs, etc.)? Any help and pointers would be greatly appreciated.
>> Best,
>> Farhan
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