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Check for absent 'ar' needed in `configure'

From: Rabbe Fogelholm
Subject: Check for absent 'ar' needed in `configure'
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 21:23:27 +0100

In Gnu Emacs 21.2.1 (sparc-sun-solaris2.8, X toolkit)

Today I had the pleasure of installing Emacs on a recently
configured Solaris 8 machine. Compiling worked almost completely 
out-of-the-tarball, but I noticed one matter
that could be improved.

Before building emacs I installed GNU Make 3.78.1 and
GCC 2.95.2.

I then went through the `configure' step and proceeded
to `make' (having first made a symlink /usr/local/bin/make
pointing to /usr/local/bin/gmake).

The compilation stopped when `ar' could not be found. The
remedy was to append /usr/ccs/bin to the PATH and re-run.

My suggestion then is that `configure' should check for the
presence of `ar' and catch the problem earlier on if there
is no `ar' in the PATH.

--Rabbe Fogelholm, Stockholm, Sweden, Emacs user since 1981


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