Whenever I try to compile a c program thru CLI using gcc <filename.c>, I get the error:

gcc: error trying to exec 'cc1plus': execvp: No such file or directory

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04. Also, sudo apt-get install gcc says it's already there.

  • Get the output of gcc --version and g++ --version. I guess having different versions of gcc and g++ is the issue here
    – rohith
    Jul 2, 2016 at 11:14
  • This might help.
    – rohith
    Jul 2, 2016 at 11:15

2 Answers 2


Just installing the gcc package is not enough; the package build-essential will give you everything you need to compile C.


Gcc tries to call the C++ compilier. Do you have the C++ compiler g++ already installed?

sudo apt-get install g++

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