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Re: [GNU Autoconf 2.65] testsuite: 229 failed

From: Gene Spafford
Subject: Re: [GNU Autoconf 2.65] testsuite: 229 failed
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 2010 21:45:11 -0500

Actually,  I had something like that in place, but found an old (very old) 
debugging statement that was putting out a single space.   Once fixed, those 
problems went away.

I have built or tried to build the following 4 packages on my system:

After the change, m4 makes and passes the self-check.  Thus, we can drop that 
address going forward. :-)

Automake and autoconf both build, but neither passes all the self-tests.

ntp won't even build because of something in the configuration files.  It 
appears to be doubly defining some constants.  As near as I can tell from 
trying to look at the autoconfig stuff, it thinks that some of the constants in 
<sys/int_types.h>, which are included as part of <inttypes.h> are not defined.  
So, it redefines them in a compat.h file, and the compiler gets very, very 
unhappy about that.

Email to the ntp bugs list was rejected by the moderator who said I should post 
to the help list.  I did, but no one has responded.

So, in my quest to get a new ntp up, I find I have to install a bunch of 
packages I don't understand, and that I can't get to pass the checks!

At least you have responded to some of my concerns, for that, thank you.

Under separate cover, and not cc-d to the m4 list, I will send the autoconf 
error log.   If you want to see the automake errors, or ntp errors, let me 
know.  I have a bunch of em. :-)

(What is somewhat depressing about this is that 15-25 years ago, I was writing 
stuff like this and posting it....and answering help questions.   Now that I 
have become more of a an administrator, I'm finding it frustrating to realize I 
can't even remember some of the options to the command I need to track this 
stuff down!)


On Feb 28, 2010, at 12:27 AM, Ralf Wildenhues wrote:

> * Gene Spafford wrote on Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 03:37:42AM CET:
>> I use ksh  
>> As part of the .profile, it runs the terminal reset sequence each login
>> I don't see this as bad behavior
>> The ,kshrc file sets the prompt and does no other output.
>> I don't see either of these as setting up a bad environment
> Both of these are useful when setting up an interactive shell, but for a
> noninteractive shell, they make little sense.  Shell setups that produce
> output tend to bother other programs like ssh as well.
> One easy workaround is to wrap these commands in
>  case $- in
>    *i*)
>       setup for interactive shell ...
>       ;;
>  esac
> Cheers,
> Ralf

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