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Re: Default for libexecdir

From: Earnie Boyd
Subject: Re: Default for libexecdir
Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2003 07:13:53 -0500
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John Burger wrote:
I believe you want to do this:


which will carry over unexpanded to your Makefiles, where prefix is
given a proper value.

That would break the configure --libexecdir option, though.

I finally get it. I think you're right, you cannot change the default values of the "standard" variables. In some ways, Autoconf assumes that one is building a standard Gnu package, with all that entails about directory stricture and names. There is some flexibility in this area, but not as much as one might like.

I think the only thing you could do is "edit" the value after AC_INIT happens, taking some care to check that the user didn't explicitly set it on the command line - I'm not sure how to do this without using internal details of the generated configure script ...

Create a new switch, something like --with-libexecdir=/path/to/pkg/lib, or perhaps you like --with-pkglibdir=/path/to/pkg/lib better. The default value for your new switch is the value for --libexecdir.


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