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Re: how to make autoconf?

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: how to make autoconf?
Date: Mon, 07 Nov 2011 08:36:29 -0700
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On 11/06/2011 04:36 PM, Manuel Morbitzer wrote:

I want to install a new version of autoconf.

Thanks for the report. I'd suggest installing 2.68 from a tarball, rather than trying to build autoconf.git, unless you are also planning on sending patches to autoconf.git.

1. Step:
git clone git://git.sv.gnu.org/autoconf

2. Step
cd autoconf

3. Step

You missed some steps. If you insist on building autoconf.git, then read README-hacking, which calls out these steps:

0. Pre-install a recent autoconf from a tarball (2.68 is recommended; README-hacking claims 2.60 or later will work although that may be outdated information) - this includes getting your choice of autoconf-nnn.tar.*z, unpacking it, running ./configure, make, make install.
1. clone autoconf.git
2. cd autoconf
3. autoreconf -vi
4. ./configure
5. make

Surely it should be easy to compile autoconf. Autoconf and in any case. :-)

It's MUCH easier to compile autoconf from a tarball; since it's only developers that need to worry about bootstrapping autoconf.git. But it is relatively easy to bootstrap even autoconf.git, if you are paying attention to the instructions present in autoconf.git.

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-801-349-2682
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