Getting a universal static libstdc++ library through MacPorts

Alex Reynolds alexpreynolds at
Thu Mar 21 14:29:08 PDT 2013

I publish some open-source software to a scientific community that runs Linux and OS X. 

The OS X builds I am distributing are fat (universal) binaries created with GCC 4.7.2 (universal) obtained through MacPorts.

I am getting reports from some end users of errors of the following kind:

dyld: lazy symbol binding failed: Symbol not found: __ZNSt8__detail15_List_node_base7_M_hookEPS0_
Referenced from: /usr/local/bin/myBinary
Expected in: /usr/lib/libstdc++.6.dylib

Even when compiling my binaries with the -static-libstdc++ flag, it looks like the dynamic C++ and C libraries are linked into the binary:

$ otool -L /usr/local/bin/myBinary
        /usr/lib/libbz2.1.0.dylib (compatibility version 1.0.0, current version 1.0.5)
        /usr/lib/libz.1.dylib (compatibility version 1.0.0, current version 1.2.5)
        /opt/local/lib/libstdc++.6.dylib (compatibility version 7.0.0, current version 7.17.0)
        /usr/lib/libgcc_s.1.dylib (compatibility version 1.0.0, current version 1669.0.0)
        /opt/local/lib/gcc47/libgcc_s.1.dylib (compatibility version 1.0.0, current version 1.0.0)
        /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib (compatibility version 1.0.0, current version 169.3.0)

It also looks like there is no /opt/local/lib/libstdc++.6.a installed by MacPorts. So that may explain why the -static-libstdc++ flag fails to work.

Perhaps one way to fix this would be to suggest that end users install GCC 4.7.2 (universal) through MacPorts, in order to get a copy of the dynamic library into /opt/local/lib, and then they would use sudo to make a symbolic link from the library in /opt/local/lib to /usr/lib.

I'd like to avoid this solution, since they would have to have root access and some skill with the command-line, compiling applications, and making symbolic links that may break between OS X system updates and upgrades. 

Also, the main point of distributing pre-built binaries is also to save end users the hassle of doing all this error-prone work and system customization.

Is there a way to get a static libstc++ library for the GCC 4.7.2 (universal) port through MacPorts, which I can statically link into my binary? 

My hope then is that end users will not have to install MacPorts and GCC 4.7.2 (universal) before running my binaries, and that they will be able to run my binaries without errors (at least, those errors that appear to be related to missing libraries).

Failing that, what is the process for getting a local copy of the port — before MacPorts builds it — to be able to modify how the universal GCC build is built, to somehow get the static library built?

I'm not too familiar with how MacPorts does its magic. I have tried looking through /opt/local, but I'm not sure where the files are kept that built my installation of GCC 4.7.2 (universal). Is there a Portfile (?) that I would modify? How would I modify it before MacPorts completes its build, and where is it kept? If my question is stupid or too broad, I apologize in advance for wasting others' time. I appreciate any help with this.


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