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question about whether to set CFLAGS in

From: Ed Hartnett
Subject: question about whether to set CFLAGS in
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 09:11:14 -0700
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Howdy all!

I believe the common consensus is that one should not set CFLAGS in

However, I have a problem that seems to call for it. Is there a better
way to get this working then messing with CFLAGS?

My configure allows the user to specify a location for a library, the
HDF5 library. So they can do --with-hdf5=/some/location. I do it like

                              [Specify location of HDF5 library. Configure will 
expect to find subdirs include and lib.])])
AM_CONDITIONAL(USE_HDF5_DIR, [test ! "x$with_hdf5" = x])
AC_SUBST(HDF5DIR, [$with_hdf5])

Then, in the automake files:

# If the user specified a root location for HDF5, use it.
AM_CPPFLAGS += address@hidden@/include
AM_LDFLAGS += address@hidden@/lib

But now I want to test during configure that I can really link to the
HDF5 library (i.e. did they provide a valid location?). This is before
the makefiles are even built, of course. So I try this in

   AC_CHECK_LIB([hdf5], [H5Fflush], [], [nc_hdf5_lib_missing=yes])

But this doesn't work, because it doesn't know about the location that
the user has specified. How do I get this to work without setting
CFLAGS in configure?

Thanks for any suggestions!


Ed Hartnett  -- address@hidden

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