ORBit2 build failing: orbit-idl-driver.c:43

Here’s a funky error:

orbit-idl-driver.c: In function 'orbit_idl_tree_fake_ops':
orbit-idl-driver.c:43: error: 'G_GNUC_PRETTY_FUNCTION' undeclared (first use in this function) orbit-idl-driver.c:43: error: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once
orbit-idl-driver.c:43: error: for each function it appears in.)
gmake[3]: *** [orbit-idl-driver.o] Error 1
gmake[3]: Leaving directory `/usr/ports/devel/ORBit2/work/ORBit2-2.14.12/src/idl-compiler'

As it turned out, this is related to glib (version 2.15.4) deprecating ‘G_GNUC_FUNCTION’, ‘G_GNUC_PRETTY_FUNCTION’, maybe others. orbit-idl-driver.c uses it, but not as transparently as you would expect: if you ‘grep G_GNUC orbit-idl-driver.c’, you won’t find it.

Now, one workaround is to try and get glib 2.15.3 and hope you won’t need it updated until ORBit2 gets a fix (just one fix…). Basically, this is lame.

Another way is to change


to have


instead of


That is, you don’t disallow (i.e. you allow) deprecated constants (well, not deprecated cflags!) to be used by cc.



  1. leov
    Posted June 20, 2008 at 1:09 am | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks, this saved my day : )

  2. Posted January 22, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Permalink | Reply

    * You could simply not enable maintainer mode, then it won’t disable deprecated CFLAGS
    ~ grep -B2 -A2 DISABLE_DEPRECATED configure.in

    if test “$enable_maintainer_mode” = “yes”; then

    * Throw in ‘–enable-maintainer-mode=no’
    ~ ./autogen.sh –prefix=/usr –disable-static –enable-maintainer-mode=no && make

    • thandle
      Posted January 22, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Uh, OK. This is 4 years old, though. I thought it’d be fixed by now.

      • Posted January 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

        Apparently not. I’ve been having this problem with Orbit2 and mate-corba.
        Too many questions on the web and not enough answers anyway. Figured I’d put it out there in case someone else is searching

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