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Help with error: "/bin/ld: cannot find -lz"

asked 2016-03-29 14:18:35 -0500

Talonos gravatar image

I am trying to install a python library called "OpenEXR". I run the following command:

sudo easy_install -U openexr

and get the following output:

Searching for openexr
Best match: OpenEXR 1.2.0
Processing OpenEXR-1.2.0.tar.gz
Writing /tmp/easy_install-UceZit/OpenEXR-1.2.0/setup.cfg
Running OpenEXR-1.2.0/ -q bdist_egg --dist-dir /tmp/easy_install-UceZit/OpenEXR-1.2.0/egg-dist-tmp-QtkNV2
/bin/ld: cannot find -lz
collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status
error: Setup script exited with error: command 'g++' failed with exit status 1

Googling the error suggests that I am missing a library, so the linker cannot find it. I am not sure what library I am missing, but this thread, in which a user reports an identical error when installing a different program, suggests it is Thing is, I think I already have that one. Typing "locate" returns:


I'm thinking I might need to change some environment variables to get ld to look in the correct folder, but I'm not sure. Any help would be appreciated.

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answered 2016-03-29 18:35:58 -0500

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updated 2016-03-29 21:17:19 -0500

You need install zlib-devel:

dnf install zlib-devel

Was it just experience that teaches you that "-lz" corresponds to the "zlib-devel" package, or is there some general formula?

simple -lz is -l plus z, we want find lib + z (value come from -lz) + .so, so:




We know what package have /usr/lib64/ with:

rpm -qf /usr/lib64/



So you need package zlib and as you are trying compile from source, you need the -devel package, so the package that you need is zlib-devel which contains /usr/lib64/ that will let you resolve gcc -lz

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I'll test this when I get back to my work machine, but this is likely the right answer. It's format matches other "library missing" help threads I've seen online.

Follow-on question: How do you learn this from the error message above? Was it just experience that teaches you that "-lz" corresponds to the "zlib-devel" package, or is there some general formula? (Like, strip off the "-l" and append a "lib-devel" to the end?)

Talonos gravatar imageTalonos ( 2016-03-29 20:44:47 -0500 )edit

Would upvote, but lack appropriate Karma. This answer is correct and more than that, he explains the thought process behind it. Thank you!

Talonos gravatar imageTalonos ( 2016-03-30 13:13:24 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-03-29 15:37:17 -0500

sideburns gravatar image

Welcome to ask.fedora. Judging by the output you've quoted, easy_install is trying to run ld with -lz as an argument. However, running ld --help doesn't show either -lz or -z as options which is probably why it's failing. My suggestion is to get in touch with whoever maintains the python-setuptools package that provides the program, preferably by opening a Bugzilla against it.

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