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Re: Troubles with conditional adding files to library

From: Gerald I. Evenden
Subject: Re: Troubles with conditional adding files to library
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 11:18:00 -0400
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On Friday 27 March 2009 10:52:33 am Russ Allbery wrote:
> "Gerald I. Evenden" <address@hidden> writes:
> > Then I ran autoconfig followed by "autoconfig -vfi" and got messages:
> > ...
> > required file `src/malloc.c' not found
> > required file `src/strtod.c' not found
> > autoreconf: automake failed with exit status: 1
> >
> > I commented out AC_FUNC_MALLOC/STRTOD and then everything went to
> > completion.
> >
> > Any suggestions.
> AC_FUNC_MALLOC and AC_FUNC_STRTOD are indended to be used with replacement
> implementations for those functions (usually from gnulib).  If you're not
> providing replacements, they're not very useful.  I think autoscan will
> suggest using them if you ever use either of those functions, but you may
> or may not need the portability there.

I use both functions quite frequently but do nothing special about library use 
or using alternate source.  I just assumed they are part of the standard 
library.  I do not understand why there is anything special about these 
routines and did wonder why the special attention was given them in the 

I will play dumb and remove them from


In the mean time I will do a little research on this subject as time allows.

The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due
to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.
-- Havelock Ellis (1859-1939) British psychologist

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