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YouCompleteMe install fails due to internal compiler error

While I was trying to set up my development environment on a vagrant vm, I saw a compiler error while installing the excellent YouCompleteMe vim plugin. Well let me back up a bit..
You install the plugin using Vundle. After the plugin is installed you need to run a script to compile YCM with semantic support for C-family languages:

cd ~/.vim/bundle/YouCompleteMe  
./ --clang-completer

My install was failing with this wierd error -

[ 75%] Building CXX object
Linking CXX static library libBoostParts.a  
[ 75%] Built target BoostParts  
Scanning dependencies of target ycm_core  
[ 77%] Building CXX object
[ 77%] Building CXX object ycm/CMakeFiles/ycm_core.dir/Utils.cpp.o  
[ 78%] Building CXX object
c++: internal compiler error: Killed (program cc1plus)  
Please submit a full bug report,  
with preprocessed source if appropriate.  
See <file:///usr/share/doc/gcc-4.8/README.Bugs> for instructions.  
make[3]: ***
[ycm/CMakeFiles/ycm_core.dir/ClangCompleter/ClangCompleter.cpp.o] Error
make[2]: *** [ycm/CMakeFiles/ycm_core.dir/all] Error 2  
make[1]: *** [ycm/CMakeFiles/ycm_support_libs.dir/rule] Error 2  
make: *** [ycm_support_libs] Error 2

Looking for a solution to the problem, I came across the same issue on github. Basically I was running out of memory on my VM while compiling the plugin. Somebody hinted on adding swap space would help. So I used this script to add swap file -


# size of swapfile in megabytes  

# does the swap file already exist?  
grep -q "swapfile" /etc/fstab

# if not then create it  
if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then  
    echo 'swapfile not found. Adding swapfile.'  
    fallocate -l ${swapsize}M /swapfile  
    chmod 600 /swapfile  
    mkswap /swapfile  
    swapon /swapfile  
    echo '/swapfile none swap defaults 0 0' >> /etc/fstab  
    echo 'swapfile found. No changes made.'  

# output results to terminal  
cat /proc/swaps  
cat /proc/meminfo | grep Swap

Now go ahead and compile YouCompleteMe to Success :)

You can delete the swap file if you don’t need it. Here use this script -


# does the swap file exist?  
grep -q "swapfile" /etc/fstab

# if it does then remove it  
if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then  
    echo 'swapfile found. Removing swapfile.'  
    sed -i '/swapfile/d' /etc/fstab  
    echo "3" > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches  
    swapoff -a  
    rm -f /swapfile  
    echo 'No swapfile found. No changes made.'  

# output results to terminal  
cat /proc/swaps  
cat /proc/meminfo | grep Swap

I got the scripts from here.