I'm having trouble compiling a simple, sample program against glib on Ubunutu. I get these errors. I can get it to compile but not link with the -c flag. Which I believe means I have the glib headers installed, but it's not finding the shared object code. See also the make file below.

$> make re
gcc -I/usr/include/glib-2.0 -I/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/glib-2.0/include  -lglib-2.0       re.c   -o re
/tmp/ccxas1nI.o: In function `print_uppercase_words':
re.c:(.text+0x21): undefined reference to `g_regex_new'
re.c:(.text+0x41): undefined reference to `g_regex_match'
re.c:(.text+0x54): undefined reference to `g_match_info_fetch'
re.c:(.text+0x6e): undefined reference to `g_print'
re.c:(.text+0x7a): undefined reference to `g_free'
re.c:(.text+0x8b): undefined reference to `g_match_info_next'
re.c:(.text+0x97): undefined reference to `g_match_info_matches'
re.c:(.text+0xa7): undefined reference to `g_match_info_free'
re.c:(.text+0xb3): undefined reference to `g_regex_unref'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make: *** [re] Error 1

Makefile used:

# Need to installed libglib2.0-dev some system specific install that will
# provide a value for pkg-config
INCLUDES=$(shell pkg-config --libs --cflags glib-2.0)

# Targets
full: clean compile

    rm $(PROJECT)

    $(CC) $(PROJECT).c -o $(PROJECT)

.c code being compiled:

#include <glib.h>    

void print_upppercase_words(const gchar *string)
  /* Print all uppercase-only words. */

  GRegex *regex;
  GMatchInfo *match_info;

  regex = g_regex_new("[A-Z]+", 0, 0, NULL);
  g_regex_match(regex, string, 0, &match_info);

  while (g_match_info_matches(match_info))
      gchar *word = g_match_info_fetch(match_info, 0);
      g_print("Found %s\n", word);
      g_match_info_next(match_info, NULL);


int main()
  gchar *string = "My body is a cage.  My mind is THE key.";


Strangely, when I run glib-config it doesn't like that command -- though I don't know how to tell bash or make how to just use one over the other when it complains that gdlib-config is in these 2 packages.

$> glib-config
No command 'glib-config' found, did you mean:
 Command 'gdlib-config' from package 'libgd2-xpm-dev' (main)
 Command 'gdlib-config' from package 'libgd2-noxpm-dev' (main)
glib-config: command not found

1 Answer 1


glib is not your problem. This is:

re.c:(.text+0xd6): undefined reference to `print_uppercase_words'

What it's saying is you're calling a function print_uppercase_words, but it can't find it.

And there's a reason. Look very closely. There's a typo:

void print_upppercase_words(const gchar *string)

After you fix that, you might still have a problem because you are specifying the libraries before the modules that require those libraries. In short, your command should be written

gcc -o re re.o -lglib-2.0

so that -lglib-2.0 comes after re.o.

So I'd write your Makefile more like this:

re.o: re.c
        $(CC) -I<includes> -o $@ -c $^

re: re.o
        $(CC) $^ -l<libraries> -o $@

In fact, if you set the right variables, make will figure it all out for you automatically.

CFLAGS=$(shell pkg-config --cflags glib-2.0)
LDLIBS=$(shell pkg-config --libs glib-2.0)

re: re.o
  • Uh -- damn. I fixed the typo and I still have the errors found in what used to be print_upppercase_words (now with only 1 'p'). The reported error as an undefined reference to that function is now gone, but the glib linking errors are still present.
    – lucidquiet
    Apr 1, 2012 at 18:41
  • See my update. My guess is that you need to put the -lglib-2.0 after re.c or re.o.
    – Mikel
    Apr 1, 2012 at 19:05

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