[Nickle] Debian Package -- help!

Carl Worth cworth at east.isi.edu
Thu Jul 10 14:54:47 PDT 2003

On Jul 6, Bart Massey wrote:
 > You are having autoconf version adventures.  This is an
 > ongoing problem, actually.  Make sure that you are using
 > autoconf 2.57 or better when running autogen.sh .  I've
 > added a check to autogen.sh that confirms this so that folks
 > aren't confused so easily...

This autoconf version stuff is truly a nightmare.

On my Debian/unstable system the autogen.sh script fails, complaining
of an old autoconf:

	$ autoconf --version
	Autoconf version 2.13

This in spite of the fact that I do have a newer autoconf available:

	$ ls /usr/bin/autoconf*
	/usr/bin/autoconf*                 /usr/bin/autoconf2.13*
	/usr/bin/autoconf-wrapper*         /usr/bin/autoconf2.50*

Looks like /usr/bin/autoconf is a script that tries to decide whether
2.13 or 2.50 is desired, and it is choosing wrong, (is this script a
Debian-specific beast?).

By reverse-engineering the script, I see a quick fix to make it guess

	$ mv configure.in configure.ac
	$ autoconf --version
	autoconf (GNU Autoconf) 2.57

Shall I commit the change from configure.in to configure.ac?



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