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Solaris Make Errors

The default path for the root account on Solaris 10 is /usr/sbin:/usr/bin. But the make utility is in /usr/ccs/bin/. If you get the error "make: not found" when you attempt to run make, you will need to adjust the path or specify it when you run the make command. You can view the default path with echo $PATH.

# echo $PATH

You can use /usr/ccs/bin/make to run the make command, or you can add the directory that holds the make command to the end of the existing path with PATH=$PATH:/usr/ccs/bin.

Make needs a C compiler to compile the source code. Sun would prefer to sell you one, so you may not have one on your system. If you run make and see "cc: not found", then you don't have a C compiler on the system or make can't find it.

If instead, you see "language optional software package not installed", then the directory /usr/ucb is in your path. That directory holds a script named cc, which is the name for the C compiler, but it is pointing make to a location where the C compiler doesn't actually reside. Again, you either don't have a C compiler or make can't find it.

# /usr/ccs/bin/make
cc -Wall -Werror -g  -c pldstr.c
/usr/ucb/cc:  language optional software package not installed
*** Error code 1
make: Fatal error: Command failed for target `pldstr.o'

If you have Solaris 10, you should have the Gnu C compiler, gcc, in /opt/sfw/bin. If so, you can set up a symbolic link to point to it as shown below.

# ln -s /opt/sfw/bin/gcc /usr/bin/cc

If you don't have gcc, which is free, on the system, you can get it from or


  1. Solaris Forums - What is "language optional software package not installed"???
    March 31, 2001
  2. Various problems with building anything under Solaris, especially "/usr/ucb/cc: language optional software package not installed".
    By: Alan J. Rosenthal
    June 15, 2004

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