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Re: aclocal only picking up /usr/local/share and not /usr/share

From: Stefano Lattarini
Subject: Re: aclocal only picking up /usr/local/share and not /usr/share
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:02:44 +0100
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On Thursday 17 March 2011, Maynard Johnson wrote:
> On 03/17/2011 5:17 AM, Stefano Lattarini wrote:
> > Well, you could always resort to adding proper `-I' option to
> > you aclocal calls.  Also, in the next automake release, aclocal
> > will probably support a new 'ACLOCAL_PATH' environment variable
> > that would help solving this kind of problems
> >
> Except this happens when building a 3rd party package.  Yes, I have the
> source for that package, and, in fact, the first fix I did was to update
> its (where aclocal is called) to add '-I /usr/share/aclocal'.
> But that didn't seem like the right way to go either for the general case
> (i.e., I don't think that's an appropriate fix to contribute back to the
> package maintainer).
I'd expect a properly written script to honor the ACLOCAL
environment variable when calling aclocal; if that is the case, you
can resort to:
  $ ACLOCAL='aclocal -I /usr/share/aclocal' ./
without having to modify any file.  If OTOH the script doesn't
honor the ACLOCAL environment variable, IMHO it's broken, and contributing
a patch about this back to the package maintainer would be the right thing
to do (again IMHO).

BTW, this is an example of where the yet-to-be-implemented 'ACLOCAL_PATH'
would be really useful: instead of having to hack the as above,
you could simply do:
  ACLOCAL_PATH='/usr/share/aclocal' ./
which would work also if autogen doesn't honor the ACLOCAL environment

> I think the best I can do is to suggest an FAQ on that package's web
> site that documents the error and the solution.
That could go in the FAQ section of the Automake manual:
I might attempt a patch, but not soonish.  You are free to beat me
if you want to give a try ;-)


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