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Re: installation of autoconf 2.62

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: installation of autoconf 2.62
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 13:07:41 -0600
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According to pablo bañez on 5/14/2008 9:46 AM:
| autom4te:
| autom4te:
| autom4te:
| make[3]: *** [m4sugar.m4f] Error 1
| make[3]: Leaving directory `/cygdrive/d/autoconf-2.62/lib/m4sugar'
| make[2]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
| make[2]: Leaving directory `/cygdrive/d/autoconf-2.62/lib'
| make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
| make[1]: Leaving directory `/cygdrive/d/autoconf-2.62'
| make: *** [all] Error 2
| I'm using cygwin, GNU M4 version 1.4.11 and perl v5.8.8

I'm guessing you are trying to do this on a text mount; those 'blank'
lines complained about by autom4te are probably all the carriage returns
that m4 blindly copied to output, but perl wasn't expecting.  Cygwin text
mode and autoconf don't mix well (nor am I inclined to improve on the
situation); use a binary mount instead.

Meanwhile, cygwin comes with m4-1.4.10b-2 pre-compiled, so you must be
using a self-compiled m4.  Despite its name, this is a NEWER version of m4
than 1.4.11 (1.4.10b was beta released, and will eventually be renamed
1.6; then only the stable/security fixes were backported to the 1.4.x tree
to create 1.4.11).  I recommend sticking with cygwin's precompiled m4; it
is much faster than 1.4.11 (ie it shaves seconds off the time to compile
autoconf's testsuite).

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