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Re: [GNU Autoconf 2.65] testsuite: 229 failed

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: [GNU Autoconf 2.65] testsuite: 229 failed
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2010 20:01:19 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-10-28)

* Gene Spafford wrote on Mon, Mar 01, 2010 at 03:45:11AM CET:
> Actually,  I had something like that in place, but found an old (very
> old) debugging statement that was putting out a single space.   Once
> fixed, those problems went away.


> I have built or tried to build the following 4 packages on my system:
> m4-1.4.14
> automake-1.11
> autoconf-2.65
> ntp-4.2.6p1-RC5 

> ntp won't even build because of something in the configuration files.

The thing that I don't understand is: why do you even need any of
Autoconf or Automake installed for building an ntp release tarball?
It should contain all autotool-generated files, leaving you only to
run ./configure and make and make install.

For all further questions regarding how to build ntp, I'm afraid you
might have to ask over at an ntp-related mailing list, or look at their

> Email to the ntp bugs list was rejected by the moderator who said I
> should post to the help list.  I did, but no one has responded.

Oh well.  Maybe they have a FAQ that covers your case, or the mailing
list has a search function to look for other users with similar issues
who have posted in the past.

> Under separate cover, and not cc-d to the m4 list, I will send the
> autoconf error log.   If you want to see the automake errors, or ntp
> errors, let me know.  I have a bunch of em. :-)

Sure, send Automake test logs to the bug-automake list, please.

> (What is somewhat depressing about this is that 15-25 years ago, I was
> writing stuff like this and posting it....and answering help
> questions.   Now that I have become more of a an administrator, I'm
> finding it frustrating to realize I can't even remember some of the
> options to the command I need to track this stuff down!)

Well, not knowing something is fairly accepted on most mailing list,
but most regulars will expect users to be able to search for information
prior to asking.


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