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Compilation problems with automake 1.13

From: Dave Reisner <>
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2012 21:16:23 -0500

Hi list,

Automake 1.13 made some changes surrounding tracing of the
AC_CONFIG_MACRO_DIR macro. Curl appears to override this macro in
m4/curl-override.m4 leading to ./buildconf failing rather strangely:

$ ./buildconf
buildconf: autoconf version 2.69 (ok)
buildconf: autom4te version 2.69 (ok)
buildconf: autoheader version 2.69 (ok)
buildconf: automake version 1.13 (ok)
buildconf: aclocal version 1.13 (ok)
buildconf: libtool version 2.4.2 (ok)
buildconf: GNU m4 version 1.4.16 (ok)
buildconf: running libtoolize
buildconf: converting all mv to mv -f in local m4/libtool.m4
buildconf: running aclocal
Use of uninitialized value $item in exists at /usr/share/automake-1.13/Automake/ line 60, <GEN131> line 824.
Use of uninitialized value $item in hash element at /usr/share/automake-1.13/Automake/ line 62, <GEN131> line 824.
Use of uninitialized value $m4dir in opendir at /usr/bin/aclocal line 368.
Use of uninitialized value $m4dir in concatenation (.) or string at /usr/bin/aclocal line 372.
aclocal: error: couldn't open directory '': No such file or directory
buildconf: aclocal command failed

Commenting out either the redefinition, or the usage of
AC_CONFIG_MACRO_DIR results in a buildable curl, but that's obviously
not the right fix for everyone. This was added as a workaround in
4913a08cb6cfe653 for a libtool problem nearing 2 years ago. It's
probably still relevant for some versions of libtool, but I've no idea
what the particular problems were or how to craft a fix for automake
1.13 without disturbing this.

Any ideas?

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Received on 2012-12-31

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