I have successfully installed and used Clockworkmod USB tethering for several years with Ubuntu 16.04. After an upgrade to 18.04 I followed the same procedure as previously used with 16.04 (see youtube video with instructions in the description), but with 18.04 the installation stops when I reach the "configure" stage.


in Terminal and in the "node" folder (or directory) simply type:


this produces:

File "./configure", line 463, in 
File "./configure", line 370, in configure_node
    o['variables']['gcc_version'] = 10 * cc_version[0] + cc_version[1]
IndexError: tuple index out of range

Has anyone successfully gotten around this problem?


1 Answer 1


I haven't used CWM Tether myself, but I've just read over the script to see where the error is coming from.

The problem seems to be that gcc version 7+ only prints the major version number when run with -dumpversion. So it seems like you just need to go to line 325 in the script:

  proc = subprocess.Popen(CC.split() + ['-dumpversion'], stdout=subprocess.PIPE)

and change ['-dumpversion'] to ['-dumpfullversion'].

For best compatibility, the devs may want to switch it to ['-dumpversion', '-dumpfullversion'].

And then hopefully there are no other incompatibilities.

Source: gcc 7.1.1 on Fedora 26 dumpversion now only includes major version by default

And FWIW, other people are having the same issue on 18.04 and 17.10.

  • Thank you -- the change in the script to '-dumpfullversion' solved the error, BUT then , MAKE produces:
    – drboy
    Sep 22, 2018 at 13:26
  • ..included from ../deps/v8/src/elements.h:32:0, ../deps/v8/src/objects.h:7152:36: error: left operand of shift expression ‘(-8 << 26)’ is negative [-fpermissive] deps/v8/tools/gyp/v8_base.target.mk:211: recipe for target '/home/elickm/Downloads/tether/Tether/node/out/Release/obj.target/v8_base/deps/v8/src/accessors.o' failed make[1]: *** [/home/elickm/Downloads/tether/Tether/node/out/Release/obj.target/v8_base/deps/v8/src/accessors.o] Error 1 make[1]: Leaving directory '/home/elickm/Downloads/tether/Tether/node/out' Makefile:26: recipe for target 'node' failed make: *** [node] Error 2
    – drboy
    Sep 22, 2018 at 13:37
  • @drboy Please edit your question to add that info. Unfortunately I don't know how to troubleshoot make files.
    – wjandrea
    Sep 22, 2018 at 17:34
  • here is the make file:
    – drboy
    Sep 23, 2018 at 17:30
  • I'm not knowledgeable enough to respond properly. if however, you go back to the video or to clockworkmod.com, the tether-linux.tgz from CWM you will find the node folder in the Tether folder and therein you will find the "makefile" script.
    – drboy
    Sep 23, 2018 at 17:38

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