macos – configure: error: C compiler cannot create executables

macos – configure: error: C compiler cannot create executables

I have 10.8 installed and Xcode 4.4 with Command Line tools, and yet I was still getting this error. Rather than reinstall Xcode, I noticed there were two relevant lines in my config.log:

configure:5130: checking for C compiler version
configure:5139: /Applications/ --version >&5

That path did not exist for me. Instead I had:


The C compiler (cc) is located inside of that xctoolchain directory. I created a symlink for OSX10.8.xctoolchain to point to XcodeDefault.xctoolchain and that fixed it. Now the memcached installation script can find the compiler version and continue on its way.

cd /Applications/
sudo ln -s XcodeDefault.xctoolchain OSX10.8.xctoolchain

As suggested in the comments, if you are having this problem on Yosemite (10.10) or Mavericks (10.9), you can update the symlink command above to point to that specific version (OSX10.9.xctoolchain or OSX10.10.xctoolchain).

You have an old set of developer tools. gcc is reporting its version as 4.0.1. This may be left over from migrating from an older version of the OS. If youve installed Xcode 4.3.x, you need to launch it, go into its preferences, select the Locations tab, and click Install next to the Command Line Tools package.

macos – configure: error: C compiler cannot create executables

When you see this error message, you might not have accepted the Xcode license agreement yet after an upgrade.

First of all, make sure you have upgraded your commandline tools:

$ xcode-select --install

Now Apple wants you to agree to their license before you can use these tools:

$ gcc
Agreeing to the Xcode/iOS license requires admin privileges, please re-run as root via sudo.

$ sudo gcc
You have not agreed to the Xcode license agreements. You must agree to both license agreements below in order to use Xcode.

After you have accepted it, the commandline tools will work as expected.

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