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Re: error: m4_popdef: undefined macro: AC_Dest

From: Andreas Buening
Subject: Re: error: m4_popdef: undefined macro: AC_Dest
Date: Sat, 08 Mar 2003 16:52:24 +0100

Bob Lockie wrote:
> On 03/06/03 22:24 Ralf Corsepius spoke thusly
> > Am Don, 2003-03-06 um 20.37 schrieb Bob Lockie:
> >
> >>Does anybody know how to fix this error:
> >>error: m4_popdef: undefined macro: AC_Dest
> >>
> >
> > This error indicates a broken configure script.
> >
> > Ralf
> It happens when I try to run "autoconf" so it is the "" script.
> Do you happen to know how I can debug it?

This happens if autoconf creates a configure file but cannot
find the definition of the AC_Dest macro (whatever it is).
It happens quite often if you
- use another autoconf version than the maintainer,
- forgot to add the directory where the .m4 files are to the
  aclocal command line (typically "aclocal -I m4"),
- the AC_Dest is neither part of autoconf nor of the package
  you're trying to compile but it's installed on the maintainer's
  system and not documented,
- it's part of another package that installs its own .m4 files
  but you've installed it into another prefix dir than your
  aclocal itself (e.g.: aclocal searches its files in
  /usr/local/share/aclocal/ but your package has installed its
  .m4 files into ~/joe/share/aclocal/).

How to debug: grep the original sources (i.e. all .m4 files) for
AC_Dest before you run autoconf. Then grep the autoconf 2.53 and
2.57 directories. If this doesn't help grep the sources after
you've run the working autoconf 2.53. Best of luck!


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