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Re: hardcoded prefix in aclocal

From: Brian Cameron
Subject: Re: hardcoded prefix in aclocal
Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2001 13:55:54 +0000 (GMT)


Thanks for the excellent suggestion.  However, it still would be best
if the aclocal Perl program were updated to use "$0" to calculate where
the "share" directory is located ("$0" should contain the path to the
bin directory and the share directory is just ../share from there).

The reason we are setting up the symbolic link directory structure
is because we have multiple projects that each require different
versions of the GNU utilities for stable testing purposes.  Therefore
we would like to create several trees of symbolic links pointing to
the actual applications.  This is defeated when a program like 
aclocal uses a hardcoded path to look for files that are installed
by other programs.

Therefore manipulating the "--prefix" value doesn't work for our
environment.  However, we are getting around it by hacking our own
environment variable into the aclocal script instead of using the
"$prefix" variable.  It works for now, but it is a hack.  I submitted
a bug to the automake gnats database, so I hope aclocal is made just
a little smarter.


> Brian Cameron wrote:
> > 
> > Autoconf team:
> > 
> > I notice that the bin/aclocal script has the following two lines:
> > 
> > $prefix = "/hardcoded/install/directory";
> > $acdir = "${prefix}/share/aclocal";
> > 
> > The "$acdir" is used to find config files that may be installed by
> > other packages.
> > 
> > This creates a problem in our environment...
> > 
> > We have each package (autoconf, gettext, and libtool) are installed
> > in each directory.  Then we are using a program that makes a single
> > directory tree with symbolic links to the various installed programs.
> > 
> > So our system looks like this
> > 
> >    automake is installed in /install/automake
> >    gettext  is installed in /install/gettext
> >    libtool  is installed in /install/libtool
> You want to
>   configure --prefix=/usr/local
>   make
>   make install prefix=/install/automake
> Earnie.
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