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Re: automake > 1.4 does not work

From: Richard Boulton
Subject: Re: automake > 1.4 does not work
Date: 23 Apr 2002 11:23:52 +0100

On Tue, 2002-04-23 at 11:04, Joerg Anders wrote:
> Unfortunately I'm not a autoconf/automake guru.
> But I think I can state: automake > 1.4 does not work.

Of course they work.  There are many people using such releases.
However, as with all software, there are some bugs (both known and
unknown), and some incompatibilities with previous versions.  Please
work with us to help solve the problems.  This means: give us useful

> I can't say exactly what's wrong.
Yes, you can.  It will take more effort on your part, but that's only
fair given that you're expecting other people to spend a big chunk of
time fixing the problems.

If you genuinely have no idea how to describe your problems, I suggest
you read "How to Report Bugs Effectively" at
Note that bug reports which aren't at least reasonably close to the
principles in that document are generally useless and are usually

> But please try to
> use automake 1.6 togehther with the KDE3 default
> admin files. And you'll see: It is impossible.
Where are these files?  What OS do they work on?  What _exactly_ should
be done to reproduce your problem? (Give FULL details)  What would you
expect to see?  What do you actually see?

> You get a lot of errors. And if you bring it to works
> with some tricks it does a lot of errors  during
> installation. (some pixmaps and other files
> are not installed.)
Please tell us what errors, and describe the "tricks" you're mentioning.

> First I upgraded from automake 1.5 (which comes
> with SuSE-Linux 8.0) to automake 1.6.
> This was terrible.

> After that I downgraded
> ti automake 1.4 --> all works

Automake 1.6.1 has many bugfixes over 1.6.

Note also that there are some required changes when moving from 1.4 ->
1.5 or 1.5 -> 1.6, and also that many undocumented features which worked
(albeit unreliably) in 1.4 are caught and complained about when used
with 1.5 and 1.6.


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