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Re: autoconf 2.53 doesn't find autom4te

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: autoconf 2.53 doesn't find autom4te
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2002 21:18:07 +0200 (CEST)

Alexandre Duret-Lutz writes:

> This will break the test suite ...
> The test suite relies on PATH.

It doesn't need to. You can easily modify the tests to export an
additional variable. I.e. instead of


you write


and in the testsuite you set the environment variable

I use this technique in gettext's testsuite; it works nicely.

This is the usual trickery needed to fulfill three goals:

- Programs like autoconf should work even when called through an
  absolute pathname, and PATH contains a different version of the
  program or none at all.

- After "make" is complete, "make install" must not require write access
  in the builddir.

- "make check" should work fine even before "make install".


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