Patch ./configure, or use autogen.sh instead?
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Thu Feb 17 04:15:07 UTC 2022
On 2022-02-15 01:08, Joshua Root wrote:
> On 2022-2-15 19:28 , Jim DeLaHunt wrote:
>> I am working on a port, where I want to patch a couple of autoconf
>> macros and configure.ac ....
>> The codebase supplies a script, ./autogen.sh . It runs autoconf,
>> libtool, etc. etc. and regenerates the ./configure script,
>> incorporating the fixes from the patched macros....
>> I see two ways to solve this:
>> a) tell the Portfile to use ./autogen.sh as the configure command. Let
>> every user rebuild the ./configure script
>> b) patch the ./configure script with the same fixes as the autoconf
> ...We have a shortcut for option a) by the way: 'use_autoreconf yes'. That
> adds the needed deps for you and usually works fine on its own (plus
> 'autoreconf.args -fi' if you want to regenerate absolutely everything
> from scratch), but if special options are needed, you can also set
> 'autoreconf.cmd ./autogen.sh'....
Thank you for the reply, Joshua.
You mention autoreconf. I just learned something new! I did not know
about autoreconf, a tool included in autoconf.
It looks like upstream does not use autoreconf. They have a shell script
`autogen.sh`. For all I know it is something they created themselves.
Like autoreconf, it runs autoconf, automake, libtoolize, etc. etc. I
have no assurance that I can replace it with autoreconf.
Thus I think I will try running ./autogen.sh in place of ./configure,
and see how far that gets me. It is good to know that patching
./configure is not out of the question.
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