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Re: autoconf 2.61 incompatibility?

From: Brian Dessent
Subject: Re: autoconf 2.61 incompatibility?
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 04:35:29 -0700

Lars Hecking wrote:

>  The distribution package was built with autoconf 2.61 indeed, but why
>  should that affect me so? Is the only possible fix to recreate the
>  distribution with an older autoconf (>= 2.54)?

So you're building from a "dist" tarball, and not a cvs/git/svn
checkout?  If that's the case then the version of autotools that you
have installed (as well as any version requirements of the package)
should not matter at all, as nothing should need to be regenerated.  The
dist tarball is supposed to be standalone and not require any auto* on
the enduser system.

The fact that make thinks it needs to run autoheader means that either
the timestamps were not preserved (using nfs?  used cp without -p?) or
it's not a proper "dist" tar.  In either case you can try running
"autoreconf -fvi" which will rerun aclocal to regenerate aclocal.m4
among other things.  But it would probably be good to figure out why the
timestamps are not correct.


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