I'm working to set up the plutus-starter-devcontainer integration with VSCode.

Dev Environment:

  • macOS Big Sur 11.5.2
  • Docker Desktop 4.0.0

Following the instructions from here: https://github.com/input-output-hk/plutus-starter

Running on a new machine without GHC or Stack installed, I created ~/.cabal/packages directory on my machine.

After running a cabal update, the cabal build command generates the following error:

cabal: Failed to build prettyprinter-configurable- (which is required
by test:plutus-example-projects-test from plutus-starter- and
exe:plutus-starter-pab from plutus-starter- The failure occurred
during the configure step. The exception was:
dieVerbatim: user error (cabal:
exited with an error:
/nix/store/qvv5y4fx4x879rbsbs4g27mypl9wxbb9-gcc-wrapper-10.3.0/bin/ld: line
256: 9581 Killed
${extraBefore+"${extraBefore[@]}"} ${params+"${params[@]}"}
collect2: error: ld returned 137 exit status
`cc' failed in phase `Linker'. (Exit code: 1)

Any help much appreciated.

  • My suggestion would be to report a bug in github.com/input-output-hk/plutus/issues
    – kolam
    Sep 2, 2021 at 18:27
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    Thanks @kolam. This issue went away after updating to VSCode 1.60.0 and increasing the Docker Memory resource limit to 6GB.
    – Brandon
    Sep 3, 2021 at 0:45

1 Answer 1


This issue was resolved by updating VSCode to August 2021 release (v1.60.0) and increasing Docker Memory to 6GB.

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