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[m4] The source code has been broken for years

From: Michael Witten
Subject: [m4] The source code has been broken for years
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 21:12:21 -0000

It appears that for years, m4's source code has been broken;
Bruno Haible reported this earlir in the year.

  * The last commit to the git repo was this:

      commit d69fa5284851b2b7aac25ffac638b6b379994db5
      AuthorDate: Sat Dec 31 14:56:15 2016 -0600
      CommitDate: Mon Jan 9 13:55:30 2017 -0600

  * The './bootstrap' script fails while setting up 'gnulib'.

  * Distros seem to use the last-released tarball:


  * However, the build breaks, and requires this following
    patch, which is passed around the Internet like a
    sacred talisman; here is a link to Arch Linux's copy:


So, you know, does anyone with knowledge want to update this core component?

Michael Witten

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