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Re: [GNU Autoconf 2.69] testsuite: 503 failed

From: Zack Weinberg
Subject: Re: [GNU Autoconf 2.69] testsuite: 503 failed
Date: Mon, 5 Oct 2020 14:06:25 -0400

On Mon, Oct 5, 2020 at 1:50 PM Ghassan Sarrouh <gsarrouh@yorku.ca> wrote:
> I’m trying to install GNU Autoconf 2.69 but it failed the “>> make check” 
> step, after running “>> make” but prior to running “>> make install”. I have 
> attached the testsuite.log file, as per the Error 503 instructions. Please 
> reply to this email account as soon as possible with any available remedy so 
> that I may install software for which Autoconf is a necessary dependency.

This is a known bug in Autoconf 2.69.  It only affects the `autoscan`
utility.  If you do not need `autoscan` you can go ahead and use the
rest of the software as is.  If you do need `autoscan`, apply the
appended patch.


--- autoconf-2.69.orig/bin/autoscan.in
+++ autoconf-2.69/bin/autoscan.in
@@ -3,7 +3,7 @@
 # @configure_input@

 # autoscan - Create configure.scan (a preliminary configure.ac) for a package.
-# Copyright (C) 1994, 1999-2012 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
+# Copyright (C) 1994, 1999-2012, 2016 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

 # This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
 # it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
@@ -358,7 +358,7 @@ sub scan_sh_file ($)
       # Strip out comments and variable references.
-      s/\${[^\}]*}//g;
+      s/\$\{[^\}]*}//g;

       # Tokens in the code.

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