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Re: Have I got an installation problem?????

From: Eric Siegerman
Subject: Re: Have I got an installation problem?????
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2003 13:52:47 -0400
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On Wed, Apr 09, 2003 at 06:40:39AM +0200, Ralf Corsepius wrote:
> You seem to have configured automake using a "per-package-prefix"
> (--prefix=/usr/local/stow/automake-1.7).
> To get this functional you either have to
> * add a */aclocal/dirlist file containing the path of your system's
> global, shared */aclocal directory 
> * symlink */aclocal to your global, shared */aclocal (Normally
> /usr/share/aclocal)

Why?  If automake is configured with that prefix (but not with of
the other location-setting options), aclocal should just search:
without further assistance, shouldn't it?  If it doesn't, that's
a bug.  (I just sent in a patch for such a bug in autoconf
itself, as it happens :-)

I've installed automake with a similar prefix, and it works
for me.  

That said, the prefix in question implies that Dr.  Kirkby (or
his sysadmin) is using GNU Stow
(  Stow's a great
tool -- I couldn't live without it -- but if you're not careful,
it's possible to get things into a rather confused state --
indeed, into the state Dr. K.'s machine appears to be in now.
Unfortunately, the easiest way for that to happen is if you
follow the instructions in the Stow manual :-(

See this posting:
In particular, the first point in the "hints" list discusses how
Stow, when used according to the instructions, can cause just the
symptoms that Dr. K has described -- aclocal v. 1.7 either
reading the /usr/share files from some other Automake version, or
failing to find the files at all.


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