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Re: elfutils build and testing

Hi Phi,

On Mon, 2017-09-18 at 14:24 +0200, Phi Debian wrote:
> I just git cloned the elfutils.git
> How to I build it, to my surprise there is no configure script
> (assuming the clone is not damaged)
> My secondary question is assuming I can build what is the process to
> run the test suite?

To my own surprise this isn't documented at all.
I added the attached to the README.
Hope that helps.


From 04ecad6acd13e7120b171307aa57325b2ec08715 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Mark Wielaard <>
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:05:49 +0200
Subject: [PATCH] README: Add basic build instructions.

Signed-off-by: Mark Wielaard <>
 ChangeLog | 4 ++++
 README    | 9 +++++++++
 2 files changed, 13 insertions(+)

diff --git a/ChangeLog b/ChangeLog
index 86b19b5..c0034ba 100644
--- a/ChangeLog
+++ b/ChangeLog
@@ -1,3 +1,7 @@
+2017-09-19  Mark Wielaard  <>
+	* README: Add basic build instructions.
 2017-05-03  Ulf Hermann  <>
 	* Test if symbol versioning is supported.
diff --git a/README b/README
index 9e55d75..0e15bae 100644
--- a/README
+++ b/README
@@ -5,11 +5,20 @@ The project home is
 Releases are published at
 Which can also be found at
+To build a release do: ./configure && make && make check
+Please check the configure summary to make sure all recommended
+features are enabled. There should be no failures after make check.
 Please reports bugs at
 The current elfutils source code can be checked out with
 git clone git://
+To build a git checkout do:
+  autoreconf -i -f && \
+  ./configure --enable-maintainer-mode && \
+  make && make check
 The developer mailinglist to send patches to is

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