bug#20941: Fwd: installation of automake, autoconf, m4 error

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bug#20941: Fwd: installation of automake, autoconf, m4 error

Krishnan Rajiyah


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From: Krishnan Rajiyah <[hidden email]>
Date: Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 10:40 AM
Subject: installation of automake, autoconf, m4 error
To: <[hidden email]>, <[hidden email]>


Hello GNU,

I have been trying to install automake, autoconf, and m4 on my NetBSD-4.0.1-x68k system. As I understand from your website, automake requires autoconf which requires m4 which requires perl. I havent installed perl yet, because I am getting errors saying that it cant make built-in (still trying to find a way around this).

However, the problem I had with m4 make was not with perl, it said that automake-1.14 was missing from the system. This does not make sense since that would mean that there would be a cycle in the dependency tree.

I am trying to install the latest version of autoconf (2012 release), the latest version of m4 (2013 release), and the second latest verison of automake (2013 release).

Can you please tell me what I am doing wrong? Is your software even compatible with a NetBSD-4.0.1-x68k system?

Thanks,
Krishnan Rajiyah
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bug#20941: Fwd: installation of automake, autoconf, m4 error

Mathieu Lirzin
Hello,

Krishnan Rajiyah <[hidden email]> writes:

> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: Krishnan Rajiyah <[hidden email]>
> Date: Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 10:40 AM
> Subject: installation of automake, autoconf, m4 error
> To: <[hidden email]>, <[hidden email]>
>
> Hello GNU,
>
> I have been trying to install automake, autoconf, and m4 on my NetBSD-4.0.1-x68k system. As I understand from your website, automake requires autoconf which requires m4 which requires perl. I havent
> installed perl yet, because I am getting errors saying that it cant make built-in (still trying to find a way around this).
>
> However, the problem I had with m4 make was not with perl, it said that automake-1.14 was missing from the system. This does not make sense since that would mean that there would be a cycle in the
> dependency tree.
>
> I am trying to install the latest version of autoconf (2012 release), the latest version of m4 (2013 release), and the second latest verison of automake (2013 release).
>
> Can you please tell me what I am doing wrong? Is your software even compatible with a NetBSD-4.0.1-x68k system?

When building a package from a tarball, Unless something fishy happened
in the distribution process, Automake should not be required.  Maybe you
were trying to build m4 from the git repository?  I have successfully
built m4-1.4.18 tarball on my system without requiring Automake.

Thanks for the bug report.

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Mathieu Lirzin
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bug#20941: Fwd: installation of automake, autoconf, m4 error

Mathieu Lirzin
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Please avoid cross posting across mailing lists.

Krishnan Rajiyah <[hidden email]> writes:

> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: Krishnan Rajiyah <[hidden email]>
> Date: Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 10:40 AM
> Subject: installation of automake, autoconf, m4 error
> To: <[hidden email]>, <[hidden email]>
>
> Hello GNU,
>
> I have been trying to install automake, autoconf, and m4 on my NetBSD-4.0.1-x68k system. As I understand from your website, automake requires autoconf which requires m4 which requires perl. I havent
> installed perl yet, because I am getting errors saying that it cant make built-in (still trying to find a way around this).
>
> However, the problem I had with m4 make was not with perl, it said that automake-1.14 was missing from the system. This does not make sense since that would mean that there would be a cycle in the
> dependency tree.
>
> I am trying to install the latest version of autoconf (2012 release), the latest version of m4 (2013 release), and the second latest verison of automake (2013 release).
>
> Can you please tell me what I am doing wrong? Is your software even compatible with a NetBSD-4.0.1-x68k system?
>
> Thanks,
> Krishnan Rajiyah

Since in any case this is not related to an automake bug.  I closing
this issue.

Thanks.

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Mathieu Lirzin
Mathieu Lirzin <[hidden email]> writes:

> Please avoid cross posting across mailing lists.
>
> Krishnan Rajiyah <[hidden email]> writes:
>
>> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
>> From: Krishnan Rajiyah <[hidden email]>
>> Date: Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 10:40 AM
>> Subject: installation of automake, autoconf, m4 error
>> To: <[hidden email]>, <[hidden email]>
>>
>> Hello GNU,
>>
>> I have been trying to install automake, autoconf, and m4 on my
>> NetBSD-4.0.1-x68k system. As I understand from your website,
>> automake requires autoconf which requires m4 which requires perl. I
>> havent
>> installed perl yet, because I am getting errors saying that it cant make built-in (still trying to find a way around this).
>>
>> However, the problem I had with m4 make was not with perl, it said
>> that automake-1.14 was missing from the system. This does not make
>> sense since that would mean that there would be a cycle in the
>> dependency tree.
>>
>> I am trying to install the latest version of autoconf (2012 release), the latest version of m4 (2013 release), and the second latest verison of automake (2013 release).
>>
>> Can you please tell me what I am doing wrong? Is your software even compatible with a NetBSD-4.0.1-x68k system?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Krishnan Rajiyah
>
> Since in any case this is not related to an automake bug.  I closing
> this issue.

I may have been too quick in my conclusion that this is not an automake
bug.  This may be related to bug#20831 [1]

Can you confirm that you were actually building from a tarball ?
If yes then I will reopen this bug and merge it with bug#20831.

Are you able to reproduce this issue with the latest versions of
Autoconf, Automake, and m4 ?

Thanks.

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Mathieu Lirzin
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[1] https://debbugs.gnu.org/cgi/bugreport.cgi?bug=20831



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