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Re: Trunk r117046 fails on systems with older automake

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Trunk r117046 fails on systems with older automake
Date: Tue, 06 May 2014 21:00:42 -0700
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Eli Zaretskii wrote:
This particular problem seems isolated to Windows developers
It will happen on any system that doesn't have pkg-config installed.

I was referring to the problem that Andy Moreton reported. If pkg-config isn't installed, autogen.sh should fail with this diagnostic:

Your system seems to be missing the following tool(s):
pkg-config (missing)

Here the problem and fix is obvious, as Óscar Fuentes already mentioned when he mentioned this diagnostic: he simply installed pkg-config. In contrast, Andy Moreton reported this diagnostic:

Checking for pkg-config (need at least version 0.9.0)...
Checking for pkg.m4...
Can't locate Automake/Getopt.pm in @INC

This is less obvious, but the problem can't be due simply to pkg-config being absent, as pkg-config ran successfully. It must be something else.

The Automake diagnostic could occur on any O.S. platform, but so far it appears that the only people who've reported it are Microsoft Windows developers. Perhaps the installation problem, whatever it is, is more likely on that platform.

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