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RE: [Linphone-developers] head configure errors

From: Kowalski, Francois-Xavier
Subject: RE: [Linphone-developers] head configure errors
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2006 11:41:08 +0100

Simon Morlat wrote:
>> Anyway, dunno why wasn't automatically found..
>> after copying it to the m4/ dir I have some progress.
>> Still lots of other m4 files are missing.
>> So, what's the policy to use ? (I see we *do* have some macro files
>> for external dependencies under the m4/ directory)
> The m4/ directory contains some macros already provided in
> /usr/share/aclocal in order for any developper to run or
> modify Makefile.ams without all the .m4 dependencies.  
> However I'm not convinced this is ideal: this duplicate files and can
> make confusing bugs if the macros in /usr/share/aclocal become
> incompatible with the ones in m4/.  
> Actually the macros present in m4 are macros I've written (such as
> exosip.m4), and macros automatically installed by gettextize (the
> command that adds gettext support to a package). For those ones this
> is clearly a black box, I don't know how useful they are, I trust
> gettextize for that.    
> My preferred policy would be that developpers that wish to run
> install previously all m4 dependencies, and thus do not
> distribute copies of those .m4 in m4/ directory.  
> Currently the only packages I know they need to be installed to run
> are intltool and gettext (for ubuntu/debian: perhaps they
> have different names on other distribs).

FYI, the autotools team took care of this case.  Their basic advice --
documented in the info pages -- is to deliver in the source distribution the
aclocal.m4 the maintainer generated when doing ./ under the name


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