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Re: Fwd: Re: bug version number of autoconf

From: gilles . charabot
Subject: Re: Fwd: Re: bug version number of autoconf
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2012 20:02:06 +0200
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You've convinced me, I will change my $ PATH, thank you, you do good work.
Best regards

On Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:17:10 -0600, Eric Blake wrote:
On 07/17/2012 11:07 AM, address@hidden wrote:
and make install to install Autoconf2.62 and I have success in this

Why 2.62 and not 2.69?
I have tried many of them 2.69 and 2.68 and 2.62 and this is the same

That should be your hint that the problem is not in autoconf, but in
your setup.

And when I type autoconf -V on my terminal, I see

autoconf (GNU Autoconf) 2.59

But if you type '/usr/local/bin/autoconf -V', you should get the
just-installed version.  That is, your PATH is requesting that
'autoconf' forwards to '/usr/bin/autoconf', and you did not replace that
file when installing your self-built version.

Based on what you said above, you successfully installed into
/usr/local/bin, but your shell is probably still set to either have
/usr/bin first in $PATH,
My bash shell have a $PATH with
/usr/bin before  /usr/local/bin

Yep, that is indeed your problem. Your setup is atypical (most distros stick /usr/local/bin/ before /usr/bin/ in their default setup of $PATH,
so you must have customized things differently).  You can also force
your self-built versions to install into /usr/bin instead of
/usr/local/bin by passing appropriate options to ./configure, although I would not recommend doing that (as it tends to make getting support from
your distro much more difficult).

or else your shell has hashed the previous
location of automake

I never had automake before because no automake software was in this
and at this time no automake yet.

Apologies for my typo, I meant autoconf. But the point remains: it is your atypical choice of PATH that is letting a path lookup for autoconf find your old distro version instead of your just-built version, and if you want to find your just-built version without an absolute file name,
then you need to fix your PATH.

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