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Chicken and Egg Problem

From: Chris Williams
Subject: Chicken and Egg Problem
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 15:02:04 -0700
User-agent: Microsoft-Entourage/

I'm a noob, be gentle.

I'm trying to compile a program, and it's puking needing aclocal, which I
cannot find anywhere on my system.

So... I download automake, which everyone says "contains aclocal".  But it
doesn't??  Maybe I need to compile it.  So I try to compile it.  But it
needs autoconf.

So... I download an build autoconf, all is good.

When I go to build automake I get:

# ./configure
checking build system type... x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
checking whether build environment is sane... yes
checking for a thread-safe mkdir -p... //bin/mkdir -p
checking for gawk... gawk
checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... yes
checking for perl... /usr/bin/perl
checking for tex... no
checking whether autoconf is installed... yes
checking whether autoconf works... yes
checking whether autoconf is recent enough... yes
checking whether ln works... yes
checking for grep that handles long lines and -e... //bin/grep
checking for egrep... //bin/grep -E
checking for fgrep... //bin/grep -F
configure: creating ./config.status
config.status: creating Makefile
config.status: creating doc/Makefile
config.status: creating lib/Automake/Makefile
config.status: creating lib/Automake/tests/Makefile
config.status: creating lib/Makefile
config.status: creating lib/am/Makefile
config.status: creating m4/Makefile
config.status: creating tests/Makefile
config.status: creating tests/defs
config.status: creating tests/aclocal-1.10
config.status: creating tests/automake-1.10
# make
cd . && perllibdir=/usr/local/automake-1.10"/lib:./lib"
/usr/local/automake-1.10/aclocal --acdir=m4 -I m4
/bin/sh: /usr/local/automake-1.10/aclocal: No such file or directory
make: *** [aclocal.m4] Error 127

It seems I have a chicken/egg problem.  Clearly I'm missing something.  Any


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