[tlbuild] Old versions of autoconf

Ken Brown kbrow1i at gmail.com
Sat Mar 26 18:36:58 CET 2011

On 3/26/2011 11:20 AM, Peter Breitenlohner wrote:
> On Sat, 26 Mar 2011, Ken Brown wrote:
>> Most of the texlive build system uses autoconf 2.68, but there are
>> still a few places where older versions were used. Two in particular
>> affect the Cygwin build, because the autoconf mmap test (AC_FUNC_MMAP)
>> was broken until autoconf 2.65 and incorrectly failed on Cygwin. ...
> Hi Ken,
> we use autoconf 2.68 in TL for source/, source/*/, and source/*/*/, but not
> for independently maintained packages such as dialog, dvipng, freetype,
> freetype2, and others. Even for these we frequently use a proxy build
> system (e.g., texk/dvipng/configure and texk/dvipng/Makefile) and ignore
> the
> original ones (in texk/dvipng/dvipng-1.14/), but there are some exceptions:
> libs/freetype/freetype-1.5/configure (2.61a)
> libs/freetype2/freetype-2.4.3/builds/unix/configure (2.65)
> libs/icu/icu-4.6/configure (2.67)
> utils/dialog/dialog-1.1-20110302/configure (2.52.20101002)
> The main reason is, that a proxy build system would be too complicated.
> Freetype-1.5 is not actively maintained and I couldn't even find an
> upstream
> source (only freetype-1.3.1.tar.gz), so maybe 1.5 was never released, just
> modifications in the teTeX/TL tree used to build ttf2pk? Here we could
> certainly (try to) rebuild configure with autoconf 2.68.
> The same might be possible for freetype-2.4.3 (again for freetype-2.4.4)
> and
> dialog-1.1-20110302, but in the last case I am not at all sure if that
> would
> succeed.
> If you want, please try and report the results. If that can be done for ALL
> these cases (not counting icu) we could adopt this for the TL tree.

Hi Peter,

No, it doesn't work.  The build failed in freetype-1.5 after an
autoreconf.  So I'll just continue using my workaround.



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