[gmx-users] problem with compiling fftw

Mark Abraham Mark.Abraham at anu.edu.au
Fri Oct 28 03:47:22 CEST 2011

On 28/10/2011 12:25 PM, Sanku M wrote:
> Hi,
>   When trying to compile fftw3.3.3 in our cluster I got following 
> error. Apparently, it try to guess the build-type by trying to create 
> a directory in scratch. I am not sure why it will try to create a 
> directory there and then it fails. I was wondering whether there is 
> any way-out to avoid this issue. Is there any way in a machine to know 
> its build type and if so, what is the option in fftw to mention the 
> directory.

There are OS-based ways for a program to ask for the name of a safe 
unique temporary filename for it to use. It's possible this kind of 
mechanism is serving a location for a file at which users don't have 
write permissions. I'd take this up with your system admins.


> Below is the error message.
> Sanku
> ./configure --prefix=/home/joe/UTIL/fftw/ CC=gcc  --enable-float
> checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
> checking whether build environment is sane... yes
> checking for a thread-safe mkdir -p... /bin/mkdir -p
> checking for gawk... gawk
> checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... yes
> checking whether to enable maintainer-specific portions of Makefiles... no
> checking build system type... mkdir: cannot create directory 
> `/scratch/cg29917-21909': Permission denied
> mkdir: cannot create directory `/scratch/cg-29917': Permission denied
> config.guess: cannot create a temporary directory in /scratch
> configure: error: cannot guess build type; you must specify one

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