Problem compiling OsmocomBB on BT4 RC2

quem tu quiseres quemtuquiseres1 at
Sat Jan 15 13:19:59 UTC 2011

Thanks for your help Stephan.
I had libtool installed already but for some reason it wasn't working well in 
the BT4 install.

After much frustration I ended up doing a fresh ubuntu install on virtualbox and 
ran into other problems that others may experience if they try this route.
Basically my problem has to do with the recognition of the USB/serial prolific 
cable by the guest OS (ubuntu). If you experience this issue too I recommend a 
reboot of both host and guest with the cable hooked up (and previously installed 
on your host). After much head scratching a good 'ole reboot did the trick.

Now I can finally talk to my C115 and can't wait to to explore the different 
Anyone have any recommendations on where to start, what apps to try first, 
guides, etc (besides the wiki)?

Thanks again,

P.S. I gather that Sylvain's code to "strip" the encryption from the stream 
passed by the DSP isn't available. Are there any plans to share that too?

----- Original Message ----
From: Stephan Meier <stephan.meier at>
To: quem tu quiseres <quemtuquiseres1 at>
Cc: baseband-devel at
Sent: Fri, January 14, 2011 9:52:42 PM
Subject: Re: Problem compiling OsmocomBB on BT4 RC2


if you didn't install "libtool" (apt-get install libtool), you'll get
this error if you try to compile the source for the second time.
Install libtool, clean up your source tree (delete the temp files
generated by the autotools; cloning again may be easier for you) and try


On 01/14/2011 01:53 PM, quem tu quiseres wrote:
> Hi,
> I just started playing around with this great project and am ashamed to say I'm 
> stumped with an annoying error when compiling.
> I'm compiling on a Backtrack 4 RC2 (*buntu based distro) and that may be why 
> having problems.
> Basically I downloaded the proper packages as per the instructions on the wiki, 
> exported the PATH and all that, but when I run make I get this error:
> cd shared/libosmocore/build-target && ../configure \
>                         --host=arm-elf-linux --disable-vty 
> --enable-panic-infloop \
>                         --disable-shared --disable-talloc --disable-tests \
>                 CC="arm-elf-gcc" CFLAGS="-Os -ffunction-sections 
> -I/root/GSM/osmocom-bb/src/target/firmware/include"
> configure: WARNING: If you wanted to set the --build type, don't use --host.
>     If a cross compiler is detected then cross compile mode will be used.
> configure: error: cannot find install-sh or in ".." "../.." 
> "../../.."
> make: *** [shared/libosmocore/build-target/Makefile] Error 1
> Attached is my config.log and you can see the PATH are there.
> The error can be seen on this line in the log "configure:1766: error: cannot 
> find install-sh or in ".." "../.." "../../.."
> Now i've checked to see if I have autoconf and automake installed (I do, I have 
> autoconf 2.61 and automake 1.10) since my searches on the internet seem to 
> indicate that maybe the problem.
> Now I usually do all my own leg work and I read and read before asking 
> questions, but I'm afraid I can't resolve this on my own. Before I spend 
> afternoon searching for the solution, I remembered to ask here.
> Anyone have any hints on what I'm doing wrong? Do I need different automake or 

> autoconf versions?
> Thanks and keep up the great work. It's been fascinating to watch the evolution 
> of GSM hacking these last few years.


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