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Re: [GNU Autoconf 2.71] testsuite: 10 11 12 14 37 92 236 238 239 240 293
Re: [GNU Autoconf 2.71] testsuite: 10 11 12 14 37 92 236 238 239 240 293 299 397 430 431 432 433 434 435 436 437 438 439 440 509 514 failed
Mon, 25 Apr 2022 12:22:07 -0400
On Apr 25, 2022, at 12:07 PM, Zack Weinberg <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 25, 2022, at 9:10 AM, Bob Harris wrote:
>> Trying to install on MacOS 10.14.6, without invoking admin privs (i.e.
>> logged in as a regular non-admin user). Used ./configure’s —prefix
>> option to direct the install to a directory that’s in my PATH.
>> Had successfully installed autoconf 2.69 in 2016 on a similar mac (but
>> probably an earlier MacOS) using the same install steps I tried for
> I *think* this is the same problem as
> https://savannah.gnu.org/support/?110492 : current Autoconf doesn't work
> correctly with the (rather old) version of GNU M4 that ships with MacOS.
> Please try installing a current version of GNU M4 in your PATH and then retry
> the build and testsuite.
> If you have time to install a whole bunch of historical versions of GNU M4
> and pin down exactly what is the oldest version that still works, we would
> appreciate it. The main reason the configure check hasn't been updated is
> that nobody has had the time to do that.
> (If you do those experiments, please don't assume that *unpatched* GNU M4
> 1.4.6 is known-broken; Apple might have introduced bugs.)
I’ll give that a shot.
I do have a question though — Once I install a new version of m4, will it be
enough to just rerun "make installcheck” for autoconf, or do I need to repeat
the autoconf build process from the start?
FWIW, the m4 that I currently have is (as you suspected) the version that came
with the machine in 2019, and it reports itself as "GNU M4 1.4.6”.