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Re: 'pkglibexecdir' is not a legitimate directory

From: Gavin Smith
Subject: Re: 'pkglibexecdir' is not a legitimate directory
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:47:53 +0100

On 29 July 2015 at 23:15, Itamar Gal <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hey autoconf folks,
> I'm following some outdated instructions in an attempt to compile some
> proprietary, closed-source, unsupported, legacy code. Here is what a
> typical shell session looks like:
> $ autoreconf -fi
> src/ error: 'pkglibexecdir' is not a legitimate
> directory for 'PYTHON'
> autoreconf: automake failed with exit status: 1

You need to use a trick to circumvent automake's policing:

This feature can also be used to override the sanity checks Automake
performs to diagnose suspicious directory/primary couples (in the
unlikely case these checks are undesirable, and you really know what
you’re doing). For example, Automake would error out on this input:

# Forbidden directory combinations, automake will error out on this.
pkglib_PROGRAMS = foo
doc_LIBRARIES = libquux.a

but it will succeed with this:

# Work around forbidden directory combinations.  Do not use this
# without a very good reason!
my_execbindir = $(pkglibdir)
my_doclibdir = $(docdir)
my_execbin_PROGRAMS = foo
my_doclib_LIBRARIES = libquux.a

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