elfutils build broken on x86-64 because of PIC (Bug #335)
This is old bug 14689: http://bugs.sourcemage.org/show_bug.cgi?id=14689
I finally managed to resolve this after reading this:
Main point is: We really shall not force PIC on elfutils, even when building on x86-64. So I added the force parameter to disable_pic and suddenly, I can haz elfutils!
I recommend higly to merge this fix into stable once I committed it.
Btw., I visited this again because the perf tool from the kernel really needs elfutils instead of libelf. I do wonder if we really should keep libelf, as it seems outmoded, generally.