Now we see what else the requester wanted and didn't think to mention.
What did I learn?
You can't build the utilities in the source directory because they will overwrite the source files in the process.
Build a stage directory, but the tools in there, and then build them again to generate the final target.
The build tools aren't 100% perfect, so if a file is AWOL, go find it and copy it in by hand
Korn shell works, C and sh don't.
Solaris is a nonoptimal place to build GNU software. The libraries stomp on each other.
There are people in LJ who would notice if I took a running jump out the 19th floor window (thank you!)
Next time, let someone else pick up this kind of ticket.