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Bug 730714 - app-text/texlive-core-2020-r5: calls unprefixed "strings" during configure
Summary: app-text/texlive-core-2020-r5: calls unprefixed "strings" during configure
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal (vote)
Assignee: Mikle Kolyada
Depends on:
Blocks: tc-directly
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Reported: 2020-07-04 12:18 UTC by David Seifert
Modified: 2020-08-02 14:01 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Package list:
Runtime testing required: ---

texlive-core-2020-r5-strings.patch (strings.patch,4.06 KB, patch)
2020-07-04 12:21 UTC, David Seifert
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Description David Seifert gentoo-dev 2020-07-04 12:18:12 UTC
During configure, texlive-core-2020-r5 needs to determine floating-point endianness. It does so by calling "strings", which is hardcoded by one of the m4 macros and crashes out with the following error message:

checking whether byte ordering is bigendian... (cached) no
checking whether float word ordering is bigendian... /var/tmp/portage/app-text/texlive-core-2020-r5/work/texlive-20200406-source/libs/cairo/configure: line 5643: strings: command not found
/var/tmp/portage/app-text/texlive-core-2020-r5/work/texlive-20200406-source/libs/cairo/configure: line 5646: strings: command not found
configure: error: 

Unknown float word ordering. You need to manually preset
ax_cv_c_float_words_bigendian=no (or yes) according to your system.

Notice how "strings" cannot be found on a system with USE="-native-symlinks".

Reproducible: Always
Comment 1 David Seifert gentoo-dev 2020-07-04 12:21:01 UTC
Created attachment 647576 [details, diff]

Tentative patch that fixes and configure, hence doesn't require bootstrapping.
Comment 2 Sergei Trofimovich (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2020-07-04 13:11:11 UTC
Related bug #726034
Comment 3 Sergei Trofimovich (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2020-07-04 13:12:11 UTC
Related merge request:
Comment 4 Larry the Git Cow gentoo-dev 2020-08-02 14:01:54 UTC
The bug has been closed via the following commit(s):

commit 833253dbedeaccc713da285f457377faa9c1d54e
Author:     Mikle Kolyada <>
AuthorDate: 2020-08-02 14:00:40 +0000
Commit:     Mikle Kolyada <>
CommitDate: 2020-08-02 14:01:34 +0000

    app-text/texlive-core: respect strings
    Package-Manager: Portage-2.3.103, Repoman-2.3.23
    Signed-off-by: Mikle Kolyada <>

 app-text/texlive-core/Manifest                    |   1 +
 app-text/texlive-core/texlive-core-2020-r6.ebuild | 365 ++++++++++++++++++++++
 2 files changed, 366 insertions(+)