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Re: Autotools requirements are too recent

From: Paul Smith
Subject: Re: Autotools requirements are too recent
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2018 21:45:41 -0400

On Fri, 2018-08-24 at 19:46 -0400, Jeffrey Walton wrote:
> $ autoreconf -f -i
> configure.ac:35: error: require Automake 1.16.1, but have 1.15.1
> autoreconf: automake failed with exit status: 1
> Please consider dropping version requirements. I'm working on Fedora
> 28. Fedora is know for having some of the most up to date tools.

I did not update this requirement because I wanted to.  Please see the
README.git file where I say:

> Unfortunately due to issues with gnulib's getloadavg, you must have
> automake 1.16.1 or above.  This version is not yet widely available
> in GNU/Linux package managers.  If you need to install from source be
> sure to set ACLOCAL_PATH to point to the pkg-config location (e.g.,
> /usr/share/aclocal).

I would love to back down to an earlier version of automake but before
that can happen the Gnulib getloadavg module needs to be fixed so it
works properly with older versions of automake.

Neither the Gnulib developers nor I have had the time or energy to
figure out what's wrong here.

You can find a thread about this issue here:


(or I guess Martin already pointed to the salient message).


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