libtool not finding /usr/lib/ or what?

Mark Geisert
Sat Jul 1 05:50:00 GMT 2017

Esteemed co-conspirators,
I've been pulling my hair out trying to build a new cygutils package on 
32-bit Cygwin.  The exact same source package builds fine on 64-bit but 
32-bit fails with the following...

make[2]: Entering directory '/usr/src/cygutils-test/cygutils-1.4.16-1.i686/build'
   CCRC   src/cygicons/cygicons.lo
   CC       src/banner/banner.o
   CC       src/clip/getclip.o
   CC       src/clip/putclip.o
   CC       src/cygstart/cygstart.o
   CXX      src/lpr/Printer.o
   CXX      src/lpr/Win32Utils.o
   CXX      src/lpr/lpr.o
   CC       src/mkshortcut/mkshortcut.o
   CC       src/readshortcut/readshortcut.o
   CC       src/winln/winln.o
   CC       src/conv/conv.o
   CC       src/dump/dump.o
   CC       src/ipc/semtool.o
   CC       src/ipc/shmtool.o
   CC       src/ipc/msgtool.o
   CC       src/ipc/semstat.o
   CXX      src/cygdrop/src_cygdrop_cygdrop-cygdrop.o
   CCLD     src/cygicons/
   CCLD     src/banner/banner.exe
libtool:   error: cannot find the library '/usr/lib/' or unhandled argument '/usr/lib/'
make[2]: *** [Makefile:848: src/banner/banner.exe] Error 1
make[2]: *** Waiting for unfinished jobs....
make[2]: Leaving directory '/usr/src/cygutils-test/cygutils-1.4.16-1.i686/build'
make[1]: *** [Makefile:1352: all-recursive] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory '/usr/src/cygutils-test/cygutils-1.4.16-1.i686/build'
make: *** [Makefile:687: all] Error 2
*** ERROR: make failed

None of the source files make use of internationalization yet.  Package 
author Charles Wilson made the package i18n-ready in case a future 
addition to the package needed it.  There weren't any issues building for 
32-bit on the last go-round ~1.5 years ago.

Does anybody recognize the issue?  Thanks for any leads.
Yours in frustration,


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