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Re: Autoconf 2.67 fails to build under MinGW

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: Autoconf 2.67 fails to build under MinGW
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 10:38:37 -0500 (CDT)
User-agent: Alpine 2.01 (GSO 1266 2009-07-14)

On Mon, 20 Sep 2010, Eric Blake wrote:

On 09/19/2010 12:22 PM, Bob Friesenhahn wrote:
I thought that it would be useful to have working autotools under MinGW
(MSYS shell environment) but autoconf 2.67 fails to build. This is with
/usr/local/bin/m4 being GNU m4 1.4.15.

make[3]: Leaving directory `/home/bfriesen/mingw/autoconf-2.67/lib/m4sugar'
autom4te_perllibdir='..'/lib AUTOM4TE_CFG='../lib/autom4te.cfg'
../bin/autom4te -B '..'/lib -B '..'/lib --language M4sh --cache ''
--melt ./autoconf.as -o autoconf.in
The system cannot find the path specified.
autom4te: need GNU m4 1.4 or later: /usr/local/bin/m4

Could this be a problem with trying to find a program with a trailing CR in the name (that is, looking for m4\r instead of m4)? Also, are you setting the M4 environment variable?

My MinGW environment was apparently old (file timestamps mostly from 2004 even though updated just six months ago). Yesterday I updated MinGW to the latest and now the problem is gone.

I do not normally set the M4 variable, but I did actually try that to see if it helped.

Bob Friesenhahn
address@hidden, http://www.simplesystems.org/users/bfriesen/
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,    http://www.GraphicsMagick.org/

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