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KDE 3.5.5 autoconf errors (was: "Present But Cannot Be Compiled" - anyon

From: Matthew Woehlke
Subject: KDE 3.5.5 autoconf errors (was: "Present But Cannot Be Compiled" - anyone want reports?)
Date: Tue, 09 Jan 2007 15:41:14 -0600
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Ralf Wildenhues wrote:
Matthew Woehlke wrote on Tue, Jan 09, 2007 at 10:03:39PM CET:
Ralf Wildenhues wrote:
Oh.  I think there was a bug in Autoconf 2.60 and earlier[...]

Hmm, ok so... I should report 'present but cannot be compiled' headers to the package maintainers (i.e. kde-devel),

Yes, and please give them details from config.log.

Ok, thanks.

and should investigate if the lack of an address is KDE's fault (i.e.
forgot AC_INIT) or autoconf's fault?

Well, the outputting of the string "AC_PACKAGE_NAME" is a bug in
Autoconf.  You did not mention which version was used, and I think
the bug should not show with current Autoconf.  So please show us
a small example how to reproduce it with 2.61.  (The top of the
configure script tells the Autoconf version used, as well as
  ./configure --version
when done with non-ancient Autoconf releases.)

"# Generated by GNU Autoconf 2.59."

I don't have autoconf > 2.59 on that box, but I am forwarding this to kde-devel to see if anyone else can help (and to let them know about the problem). Any autoconf folks that want to look could download any KDE 3.5.5 package to see an example of this problem (at least I guess any package will do, I am building artwork ATM). I might try to check re-generating configure on another box that has 2.60.

This looks like a problem in 2.59; I have configure scripts for kdevelop SVN generated by 2.59 and 2.60, and 2.59 has the problem. 2.60 doesn't seem to have anything like the 'Report this...' message, however (that seems strange? ...or is 2.60 the later version that always goes by the compiler result?).

KDE folks, is 3.5.6 using autoconf > 2.59? If not, maybe it should?

Whether KDE passes a bugreport address in or not is at
their discretion.  Doing so surely helps to direct traffic away from the
Autoconf lists though.  ;-)

Yes, I imagine. :-)

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