Install GnuCOBOL From Source Code

First retrieve the source code by clicking here.

Extract the contents of the downloaded source code to your desired location.  Change directory to the selected location.

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./configure CPPFLAGS=-I/usr/local/BerkeleyDB.5.3/include -/usr/local/BerkeleyDB.5.3/lib
make -j4
sudo make install


Next check the version of cobc by issuing the following command.

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cobc -v


The resulting output should reflect the following.

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cobc (GnuCOBOL) 3.1-rc1.0
Built     Sep 12 2020 13:29:26  Packaged  Jul 01 2020 00:39:38 UTC
C version "10.2.0"
loading standard configuration file 'default.conf'
cobc: error: no input files


Install the OpenCOBOLIDE by clicking here.

Invoke the GnuCobol IDE by issuing the following command.

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python3 /usr/bin/opencobolide


Check the versions reflected in the About option of the IDE.

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cobc --info

cobc (GnuCOBOL) 3.1-rc1.0
Copyright (C) 2020 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is NO
Written by Keisuke Nishida, Roger While, Ron Norman, Simon Sobisch, Edward Hart
Built     Sep 12 2020 13:29:26
Packaged  Jul 01 2020 00:39:38 UTC
C version "10.2.0"

build information
build environment        : x86_64-pc-linux-gnu
CC                       : gcc
C version                : "10.2.0"
CPPFLAGS                 : 
CFLAGS                   : -O2 -pipe -finline-functions -fsigned-char
                           -Wall -Wwrite-strings -Wmissing-prototypes
                           -Wno-format-y2k -U_FORTIFY_SOURCE
LD                       : /usr/bin/ld -m elf_x86_64
LDFLAGS                  : -Wl,-z,relro,-z,now,-O1

GnuCOBOL information
COB_CC                   : gcc
COB_CFLAGS               : -I/usr/local/include -Wno-unused
                           -fsigned-char -Wno-pointer-sign -pipe
COB_LDFLAGS              : 
COB_LIBS                 : -L/usr/local/lib -lcob -lm
COB_CONFIG_DIR           : /usr/local/share/gnucobol/config
COB_COPY_DIR             : /usr/local/share/gnucobol/copy
COB_MSG_FORMAT           : GCC
COB_OBJECT_EXT           : o
COB_MODULE_EXT           : so
COB_EXE_EXT              : 
64bit-mode               : yes
BINARY-C-LONG            : 8 bytes
endianness               : little-endian
native EBCDIC            : no
extended screen I/O      : ncursesw
variable file format     : 0
sequential file handler  : built-in
ISAM file handler        : BDB
mathematical library     : GMP
XML library              : libxml2
JSON library             : disabled

cobcrun --runtime-env

command "cobcrun --runtime-env" failed with exit code 1.
Note that this command is supported only by recent builds of GnuCOBOL
Process output: /usr/local/bin/cobcrun: unrecognized option '--runtime-env'


By using these commands the GnuCOBOL compiler can be upgraded to the latest version.

Mr. Arch Brooks, Software Engineer, Brooks Computing Systems, LLC authored this article.

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