Varnishd startup error in mgt_vcc.c

Jim Baack jim at
Tue Sep 11 17:09:25 CEST 2007

On Tue, 11 Sep 2007 10:28:42 +0200, "Dag-Erling Smørgrav" <des at>
> Jim Baack <jim at> writes:
>> I am new to Varnish and trying to get it running on FC5.
>> I get this error on 1.1.1 and the current 1.1 branch from SVN.
>> Internal error: cc(1) exit status 0xffffffff
>> My startup command line is
>> /usr/local/sbin/varnishd -a -f /etc/varnish.conf -P
>> /var/run/ -u apache -g apache -sfile,/tmp/varnish.cache,1G
>> I did some very basic debugging and the bin.XXX file appears to be
>> successfully generated from the vcl.XXX file. Any idea what the problem
>> might be or what I should try?
> It's hard to tell.  The error message itself is wrong in that the
> return value from pclose(3) is *not* the exit status of the child
> process.  In fact, it is possible for pclose(3) to return -1 (which is
> what you see here) even if the VCL code compiled just fine.
> What happens if you run 'varnishd -C -f /etc/varnish.conf'?
> If that fails as well, can you strace it (making sure to trace child
> processes as well)?

This resolved itself. It was somehow caused by the way I was accessing the
shell I ran 'varnishd...' from. I'm all set. Thanks for the help and sorry
for the noise.


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