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Re: automake distribution packages

From: Bob Proulx
Subject: Re: automake distribution packages
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 23:59:16 -0600
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

address@hidden wrote:
> This package is distributed as a tar.gz with no source files; only
> binaries.

Automake is written in Perl which are simply text files.  The source
and the executables are both the same.  But if you are wishing to
modify automake then working from the version control sources is best.
The documentation for this is on the automake home page.

What distribution package are you trying to install?

> So, what is the install procedure?  Where should they be put when
> unpacking?

Here is one way to build and install automake into /usr/local/bin/.

  tar xzvf automake-1.10.1.tar.gz
  cd automake-1.10.1
  make check
  make install

If your autoconf isn't new enough then before doing the configure
above install a new autoconf.

  tar xzvf autoconf-2.62.tar.gz
  cd autoconf-2.62
  make check
  make install

Hope that helps,

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