libgmp.so missing in Ubuntu 10.04?

When programming Haskell, I usually hack in a GHCi interactive session.  So I was surprise when I tried to make a test executable the other day:

ralph@vegeta:~/src/haskell$ ghc --make Hello
[1 of 1] Compiling Main             ( Hello.hs, Hello.o )
Linking Hello ...
/usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lgmp
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status

libgmp is a library for arbitrary precision arithmetic, which is something Haskell does well. So, I was surprise that I was getting this message. The obvious solution is install the Ubuntu package for libgmp:

ralph@vegeta:~/src/haskell$ sudo apt-get install libgmp3c2
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
libgmp3c2 is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 44 not upgraded.

Well that was strange!  So, I searched for libgmp on my system:

ralph@vegeta:~/src/haskell$ find /usr/lib/ -name libgmp*
/usr/lib/ssl/engines/libgmp.so
/usr/lib/libgmp.so.3.5.2
/usr/lib/libgmp.so.3

There is no libgmp.so symlink, so I just created one:

ralph@vegeta:~/src/haskell$ cd /usr/lib 
ralph@vegeta:/usr/lib$ sudo ln -s libgmp.so.3 libgmp.so

Now everything compiles and links:

ralph@vegeta:~/src/haskell$ ghc --make Hello
[1 of 1] Compiling Main             ( Hello.hs, Hello.o )
Linking Hello ...
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1 Response to “libgmp.so missing in Ubuntu 10.04?”


  1. 1 sylecn November 4, 2011 at 10:21 am

    You could have installed libgmp3-dev package instead.


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