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Current working directory Poco error

📅 2017-Dec-23 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 🏷️ error, poco ⬩ 📚 Archive

Problem

I was trying to build the Poco library when I got this error:

/home/blah/someplace/poco-poco-1.4.6p4-release/build/rules/global:62: *** Current working directory not under $PROJECT_BASE.  Stop.
make[1]: Leaving directory

The same code had built successfully on another computer, so I knew there was nothing wrong.

Solution

Turns out that this error is actually caused if the path where you have unzipped Poco has a symlink in it. The someplace directory above was actually a symbolic link. Once I copied Poco to a path which had no symlink, it compiled fine.