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Re: bug#20941: Fwd: installation of automake, autoconf, m4 error

From: Mathieu Lirzin
Subject: Re: bug#20941: Fwd: installation of automake, autoconf, m4 error
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2017 18:46:08 +0200
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Krishnan Rajiyah <address@hidden> writes:

> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: Krishnan Rajiyah <address@hidden>
> Date: Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 10:40 AM
> Subject: installation of automake, autoconf, m4 error
> To: <address@hidden>, <address@hidden>
> Hello GNU,
> I have been trying to install automake, autoconf, and m4 on my 
> NetBSD-4.0.1-x68k system. As I understand from your website, automake 
> requires autoconf which requires m4 which requires perl. I havent
> installed perl yet, because I am getting errors saying that it cant make 
> built-in (still trying to find a way around this).
> However, the problem I had with m4 make was not with perl, it said that 
> automake-1.14 was missing from the system. This does not make sense since 
> that would mean that there would be a cycle in the
> dependency tree.
> I am trying to install the latest version of autoconf (2012 release), the 
> latest version of m4 (2013 release), and the second latest verison of 
> automake (2013 release).
> Can you please tell me what I am doing wrong? Is your software even 
> compatible with a NetBSD-4.0.1-x68k system?

When building a package from a tarball, Unless something fishy happened
in the distribution process, Automake should not be required.  Maybe you
were trying to build m4 from the git repository?  I have successfully
built m4-1.4.18 tarball on my system without requiring Automake.

Thanks for the bug report.

Mathieu Lirzin
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