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Re: can't use m4-1.4.8 in Mingw in Windows XP

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: can't use m4-1.4.8 in Mingw in Windows XP
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 06:59:36 -0700
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According to haibin zhang on 11/22/2006 4:36 AM:
> HI All:
> Just now I can't use m4-1.4.8 in Mingw in Windows XP( I can compile
> it,but can't be used)

It worked fine for me to cross-compile on cygwin targetting mingw; in
fact, that was one of my criteria for a successful release.  I haven't
changed any line-ending behavior in the 1.4.x series, so 1.4.8 should
behave similarly to prior versions of m4 compiled for mingw.

> Does anybody test it in Mingw ?

Yes.  Also, my understanding is that Charles Wilson recently ported 1.4.7
to mingw; he will probably port 1.4.8 soon.

>  ./bootstrap.sh

Why are you running ./bootstrap.sh?  For that matter, what is contained in
bootstrap.sh (since m4 only ships with a bootstrap script, not
bootstrap.sh).  What is wrong with the m4 tarball as is?  bootstrap is
ONLY intended to be run if you are compiling from CVS, not from a release
tarball.  And if you don't have an up-to-date CVS checkout of gnulib
handy, bootstrap.sh will fail.  Or am I misunderstanding you, and you are
trying to demonstrate bootstrapping some other project, where you
installed version of m4 1.4.8 is not acting the way you suspected?

> configure.ac:32: warning: AM_PROG_MKDIR_P is m4_require'd but not m4_defun'd
> m4/po.m4:207: AM_PO_SUBDIRS is expanded from...
> m4/gettext.m4:347: AM_GNU_GETTEXT is expanded from...
> configure.ac:32: the top level

M4 1.4.8 does not use gettext.  How are you picking up an instance of
m4/gettext.m4?  That should not be happening.

> src/Makefile.am:14: Libtool library used but `LIBTOOL' is undefined

Likewise - m4 1.4.8 does not use libtool.

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