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Re: [GNU Autoconf 2.71] testsuite: 10 11 12 14 37 92 236 238 239 240 293

From: Bob Harris
Subject: 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
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2022 14:00:30 -0400

On Apr 25, 2022, at 12:07 PM, Zack Weinberg <zack@owlfolio.org 
<mailto:zack@owlfolio.org>> wrote:
> I *think* this is the same problem as 
> https://savannah.gnu.org/support/?110492 
> <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.

That cleared up all but two of the failed tests. 509 and 514 still report 

I’m not sure whether I should submit that as a new problem, or if this thread 
will (eventually) try to resolve it.

I installed m4 version 1.4.19, then did “make uninstall” for autoconf, deleted 
the autoconf-2.71 tree, and copied autoconf-2.71 fresh from the tarball.

Then I did
        ./configure —prefix=something
        make check

Comparing log files from my previous install attempt (when I have the apple 
version of m4) with this one, I notice that configure had reported a warning 
about m4 that the new install attempt did not ("WARNING: the version of M4 that 
was found does not support -g”).

“make check” takes nearly a half hour. So doing a binary search over different 
versions of m4 would take a while. My hypothesis is that I can just look for 
that warning from configure until I zero in on the version that makes that 
disappear, then try make and make check with that version.

Still, though, I need to resolve the failures of 509 and 514 before I proceed.

I didn’t see any easy way to search the same bug database (that had 
<https://savannah.gnu.org/support/?110492>) to see if I could find info about 
509 and 514.

Bob H

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