[CentOS] scary messages from autoconf

Tue Nov 27 21:33:09 UTC 2012
m.roth at 5-cent.us <m.roth at 5-cent.us>

Michael Hennebry wrote:
> On Tue, 27 Nov 2012, John R Pierce wrote:
>> On 11/27/12 8:31 AM, Michael Hennebry wrote:
>>> That said, 'twould be nice to have a clue
>>> what went wrong with the Bingo script.
>> it was written for a specific ubuntu/debian flavor and not tested
>> elsewhere.   autoconf is a gnarly thing, the scripts for it need to be
>> carefully developed, just because what you do with it works on a single
>> platform does NOT automatically mean it will work on all platforms.
> I'd thought that was the point of autoconf.
> Maybe later, much later.
> I've never built an RPM.
> The only real compiler I've built is avr-gcc from the Bingo scripts.
> I've battled autoconf-generated scripts before and lost every time.
> That said, I have managed to build X from source.
> I just followed directions and voila, there it was.
> I did look at its build system.
> It was a horror.
> Had it not worked perfectly, I would have been out of luck.

A suggestion: look at configure. specifically at the options it allows
that might be specific to this package. See if there's something that lets
you choose the source directory for limits.h. I've managed to beat
autoconf to do what I wanted a few times following that route.