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Unnecessary running of configure with fatal consequences

From: Joost Kraaijeveld
Subject: Unnecessary running of configure with fatal consequences
Date: Wed, 03 Dec 2008 21:09:58 +0100


I have a large multi-platform and multi-library /executable project that
is driven a main configure script that calls recursively all other
configure scripts ( 3 "sub configures" in total) 

On linux everything works as advertised: "../configure; make" and
everything runs/works (I do an out-of-tree build).

On Windows however, when I do a "make" after running "../configure",
"configure" is run again as part of the "make" process. During that
process (the second run of configure) it changes all the aclocal.m4, files and the configure script in the source tree. In that
process it loses all the non-default (?) macros that are in the
aclocal.m4 files ( macros for wxWidgets an Boost) and the configure
fails miserably.

If I than do a revert from SVN (restore all the changed files but
WITHOUT removing the freshly generated Makefiles in the build tree) ,
*don't* run configure but run make immediately , it *again* starts a
"configure" but this time it does *not* lose the macros and the build
succeeds, be it that I have to repeat this procedure for every one of
the 3 "sub configures".

Does anyone recognise this problem, and (prefereably ;-)) has a
suggestion or solution to this very annoying problem?



Joost Kraaijeveld
Askesis B.V.
Molukkenstraat 14
6524NB Nijmegen
tel: 024-3888063 / 06-51855277
fax: 024-3608416

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