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Re: aclocal search path

From: Russell Shaw
Subject: Re: aclocal search path
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2006 17:36:03 +1000
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Ralf Wildenhues wrote:
Hello Russell,

* Russell Shaw wrote on Sun, Sep 17, 2006 at 03:00:29PM CEST:

Does aclocal have a way to add m4 directories using an environment

AFAIK no, but you can add directories using the -I flag.

On debian, it only looks in /usr/share/aclocal. I want it to look in
/usr/local/share/aclocal too.

  aclocal -I /usr/local/share/aclocal

should work.  If you use autoreconf, you can use the environment
variable $ACLOCAL (but note that the first -I flag is special, so
if your toplevel contains ACLOCAL_AMFLAGS, that may make a

I couldn't find the source for aclocal in the automake tree.

It's in the file

I found from looking at, i can put a file called "dirlist"
in /usr/share/aclocal, containing the path: /usr/local/share/aclocal.

When you compile a project from source and have libraries it needs
already installed in /usr/local, then the scripts they
have will not see /usr/local/share/aclocal. It is impractical to
manually do aclocal -I for these cases. The aclocal -I path should
be initialized from an environment variable, like it is for autoreconf.

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