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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Problems building from CVS on FreeBSD

From: Stuart Brorson
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Problems building from CVS on FreeBSD
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2005 07:55:39 -0500 (EST)

I can diagnose your problem, but can't help fixing it.  :-(

Your problem is that your version of the autotools is very new, but
the Makefile.am and configure.ac used by Gnu Radio is older.  The
autotools are flakey, and constantly evolving to boot.  Version skew
is a constant problem.  For example, newer versions of the autotools
are more persnikedey about quoting.  Since they are used normally only
by developers, the autotool maintainers don't make backward
compatibility or user-friendliness a priority. 

Here are your options:

*  I don't know if Gnu Radio's CVS contains source which have
already been run through the autotools.  If "configure" is already
there in the top level directory, then you don't need to use the
autotools.  Just start from "./configure".  (You may need to kill your
source directory and just start again because you have munged any
pre-existing "configure" by running the autotools.)

*  Read the errors & fix them in Makefile.am & configure.ac.  Then
submit patches to the Gnu Radio developers.  :-)

*  Backrev your autotools.  This is probably a total PITA; I wouldn't
recommend it.  The M4 stuff is already installed all over your
directory tree, and stamping it out would represent a major effort.

*  Beg and plead with the Gnu Radio developers to fix Makefile.am and

Good luck!


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