On Debian I successfully compiled .bitcoind without a wallet, but now I need the wallet.

./configure tells me I need Berkeley CXX headers. Searching for how to do this on Debian brings up a bunch of Ubuntu answers saying to do either

sudo apt-get install libdb4.8-dev libdb4.8++ libdb4.8++-dev

after having added a PPA, or

wget http://download.oracle.com/berkeley-db/db-4.8.30.zip
unzip db-4.8.30.zip
cd db-4.8.30
cd build_unix/
../dist/configure --prefix=/usr/local --enable-cxx
make install

Both solutions throw errors. I'm focusing on the 1st solution.

The first solution throws this error:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 libdb4.8++ : Depends: libgcc-s1 (>= 3.0) but it is not installable

I'm not sure, but I assume this may be an Ubuntu vs. Debian issue? How can I bypass it?

1 Answer 1


You probably need a newer version of gcc.

This helped me fix for Ubuntu: https://askubuntu.com/questions/1140183/install-gcc-9-on-ubuntu-18-04

TL&DR: adds custom PPA repo so you will able to upgrade:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test
sudo apt update
sudo apt --fix-broken install

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