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bug#17840: [PATCH] libtool: Use 'file' instead of '/usr/bin/file' on GNU

From: Maxim Cournoyer
Subject: bug#17840: [PATCH] libtool: Use 'file' instead of '/usr/bin/file' on GNU systems.
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2022 21:26:37 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.1 (gnu/linux)

Hello Sam,

Sam James <sam@gentoo.org> writes:

>> On 28 Sep 2022, at 14:34, Felix Lechner via Bug-libtool via Bug reports for 
>> the GNU libtool shared library maintenance tool <bug-libtool@gnu.org> wrote:
>> Hi,
>>> there are a number of different 'file' programs and libtool expects
>>> particular output from the 'file' program that it uses.
>> I only have one kind of 'file' program installed, and Libtool cannot find it.
>> Developing on Guix—which is a GNU project like Libtool—I hope to
>> migrate the authentication logic in Linux PAM to Guile (another GNU
>> project). I presently use Autotools and Libtool. [1] When running
>> './configure' I get the error:
>>    ./configure: line 6750: /usr/bin/file: No such file or directory
> Which version of libtool? Can you share the header of the configure script 
> too?
> See also 
> https://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/libtool.git/commit/?id=da2e352735722917bf0786284411262195a6a3f6
> which landed in 2.4.7. Note that configure scripts must be regenerated using 
> a newer libtool to use this.

I don't have a reproducer handy, but we'll soon see if it works with
2.4.7; the patch linked suggests it should!  We have 2.4.7 lined up for
the next rebuild cycle in Guix.

Thanks for sharing, that's great news!


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