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Re: autoreconf and gettext

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: autoreconf and gettext
Date: Tue, 31 May 2011 08:23:36 -0600
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On 05/31/2011 01:51 AM, Vincent Torri wrote:
> Hey,
> I have a library that is using gettext is available, that is, in
>, i use:
> m4_ifdef([AM_GNU_GETTEXT_VERSION], [
> ])

Why force such an old version?  Most distros support at least 0.17,
which comes with quite a few improvements over 0.12.1.

> Unfortunately, when I use autoreconf -f -i on a system that has no
> gettext, there is an error saying that autopoint is not available while
> the package is using gettext.
> How can I fix that problem ?

Right now, autoreconf greps for /^AM_GNU_GETTEXST_VERSION/,
rather than using autoconf --trace mechanisms.  Which is unfortunate,
because for situations like this, it gets the wrong answers.

You can foil autoreconf's grep by inserting whitespace or using extra m4
quoting, such as:


which would probably fix autoreconf on your bare-bones system, but I
don't know if that will break the running of gettext on systems where it
is installed.

Ultimately, it would be super nice if we could convert autoreconf over
to using --trace mechanisms for seeing which macros are actually called,
rather than just grepping for magic strings.

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-801-349-2682
Libvirt virtualization library

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