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Re: Best practice for cleaning autotools-generated files?

On Sat, 07 May 2011, Enrico Weigelt wrote:
> * Henrique de Moraes Holschuh <hmh@debian.org> schrieb:
> > Yes.  I think it was Cyrus IMAP that required -I in places where
> > autoreconf doesn't reach, so I called each tool separately.  Which is
> > obviously a problem in autoreconf.
> Is it really a problem of autoreconf ?


> Imagine the following situation:
> I'm (as upstream) using serval macros in their own .m4 files (eg.
> in ./m4/, maybe even sorted into subdirs). Can autoreconf figure
> out the required search pathes all on its own ?

The problem is that autoreconf offers NO command line options for you to
pass the required -I parameters for aclocal, nor is there a way to encode
that information in the one place where it could conveniently live
(configure.ac) AFAIK.

I sure hope it will NEVER decide to actually search for .m4 files at
non-standard directories on its own, that would make things much worse.

Anyway, you have to work around it using something like:

ACLOCAL='aclocal -I foo -I bar' autoreconf

(assuming that even works, I didn't test).  I consider that way too icky.
At that point, I just call each required tool directly in autogen.sh,
instead of relying on autoreconf.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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