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Python: gensim - clang: error: unknown argument: '-mno-fused-madd' [-Wunused-command-line-argument-hard-error-in-future]

While working through part 2 of Kaggle's bag of words tutorial I needed to install the gensim library and initially ran into the following error:


$ pip install gensim

...

cc -fno-strict-aliasing -fno-common -dynamic -arch x86_64 -arch i386 -g -Os -pipe -fno-common -fno-strict-aliasing -fwrapv -mno-fused-madd -DENABLE_DTRACE -DMACOSX -DNDEBUG -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes -Wshorten-64-to-32 -DNDEBUG -g -fwrapv -Os -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes -DENABLE_DTRACE -arch x86_64 -arch i386 -pipe -I/Users/markneedham/projects/neo4j-himym/himym/build/gensim/gensim/models -I/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/include/python2.7 -I/Users/markneedham/projects/neo4j-himym/himym/lib/python2.7/site-packages/numpy/core/include -c ./gensim/models/word2vec_inner.c -o build/temp.macosx-10.9-intel-2.7/./gensim/models/word2vec_inner.o

clang: error: unknown argument: '-mno-fused-madd' [-Wunused-command-line-argument-hard-error-in-future]

clang: note: this will be a hard error (cannot be downgraded to a warning) in the future

command 'cc' failed with exit status 1

an integer is required

Traceback (most recent call last):

  File "<string>", line 1, in <module>

  File "/Users/markneedham/projects/neo4j-himym/himym/build/gensim/setup.py", line 166, in <module>

    include_package_data=True,

  File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/distutils/core.py", line 152, in setup

    dist.run_commands()

  File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/distutils/dist.py", line 953, in run_commands

    self.run_command(cmd)

  File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/distutils/dist.py", line 972, in run_command

    cmd_obj.run()

  File "/Users/markneedham/projects/neo4j-himym/himym/lib/python2.7/site-packages/setuptools/command/install.py", line 59, in run

    return orig.install.run(self)

  File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/distutils/command/install.py", line 573, in run

    self.run_command('build')

  File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/distutils/cmd.py", line 326, in run_command

    self.distribution.run_command(command)

  File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/distutils/dist.py", line 972, in run_command

    cmd_obj.run()

  File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/distutils/command/build.py", line 127, in run

    self.run_command(cmd_name)

  File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/distutils/cmd.py", line 326, in run_command

    self.distribution.run_command(command)

  File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/distutils/dist.py", line 972, in run_command

    cmd_obj.run()

  File "/Users/markneedham/projects/neo4j-himym/himym/build/gensim/setup.py", line 71, in run

    "There was an issue with your platform configuration - see above.")

TypeError: an integer is required

----------------------------------------
Cleaning up...
Command /Users/markneedham/projects/neo4j-himym/himym/bin/python -c "import setuptools, tokenize;__file__='/Users/markneedham/projects/neo4j-himym/himym/build/gensim/setup.py';exec(compile(getattr(tokenize, 'open', open)(__file__).read().replace('\r\n', '\n'), __file__, 'exec'))" install --record /var/folders/sb/6zb6j_7n6bz1jhhplc7c41n00000gn/T/pip-i8aeKR-record/install-record.txt --single-version-externally-managed --compile --install-headers /Users/markneedham/projects/neo4j-himym/himym/include/site/python2.7 failed with error code 1 in /Users/markneedham/projects/neo4j-himym/himym/build/gensim
Storing debug log for failure in /Users/markneedham/.pip/pip.log

The exception didn't make much sense to me but I came across a blog post which explained it:

The Apple LLVM compiler in Xcode 5.1 treats unrecognized command-line options as errors. This issue has been seen when building both Python native extensions and Ruby Gems, where some invalid compiler options are currently specified.

The author suggests this only became a problem with XCode 5.1 so I'm surprised I hadn't come across it sooner since I haven't upgraded XCode in a long time.

We can work around the problem by telling the compiler to treat extra command line arguments as a warning rather than an error


export ARCHFLAGS=-Wno-error=unused-command-line-argument-hard-error-in-future

Now it installs with no problems.

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