Automake 1.4 (was: Problems compiling on NetBSD/m68k)

Alexandre Oliva oliva at
Thu Feb 18 11:17:05 PST 1999

On Feb 18, 1999, Raffaele Sena <raff at> wrote:

> 	I was happily running autconf/automake 1.3 until some packages
> 	decided they needed the 1.4 stuff.

> 	Ok, I have the tools under CVS so I do 'cvs update' and
> 	reconfigure them.

> 	Everything goes fine with autoconf, but when I run 'configure'
> 	on automake (or whatever else it was), surprise, it says I
> 	need automake 1.4 in order to correctly configure automake 1.4 !!!!

If you have the CVS versions, you're supposed to be a developer that
knows what to do when something like this happens (i.e., touch the
Makefile.ins that appear to be out of date).  If not, you'd better
fetch the packaged sources out of so that no such problem
occurs.  Bear in mind that the current CVS tree is no longer automake
1.4, so it is ok if it requires automake 1.4 to build.  In fact, even
the 1.4 release does, since the packaged sources with proper
Makefile.ins are available.

> 	I really miss the good old times when I had to tweak the makefiles
> 	to build packages on my machines. At least I always knew what was
> 	going on :(

I'm pretty sure some people in the future will miss the good old times
when they could tweak Makefile.ins and they always knew what was going
on, instead of letting the Voice-driven AI-based building tools figure
out what to do...  I'll certainly be one of those :-)

Alexandre Oliva  aoliva@{}
Universidade Estadual de Campinas, SP, Brasil

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