[rrd-developers] Adding libtool.m4 to acinclude.m4?

Jake Brutlag jakeb at microsoft.com
Wed Mar 27 20:27:43 MET 2002

First, I confess I hadn't refreshed rrdtool 1.1.x from CVS in a few
months. But I recently did so and encountered some problems with the
automake/autoconf/libtool stuff. The correct versions of these software
packages existed on the development system (Solaris 2.8), but autoconf
still generated some errors with MACROS defined in libtool.m4. After
some digging, I found this message in the libtool documentation

"When you invoke the libtoolize program (see Invoking libtoolize), it
will tell you where to find a definition of AM_PROG_LIBTOOL. If you use
Automake, the aclocal program will automatically add AM_PROG_LIBTOOL
support to your configure script. 

Nevertheless, it is advisable to include a copy of libtool.m4 in
acinclude.m4, so that, even if aclocal.m4 and configure are rebuilt for
any reason, the appropriate libtool macros will be used. The alternative
is to hope the user will have a compatible version of libtool.m4
installed and accessible for aclocal. This may lead to weird errors when
versions don't match."

I followed this suggestion and it solved the problem! Perhaps there is
something non-standard about my development system, but this is general
advice from the libtool documentation. Shouldn't we considering adding
libtool.m4 to acinclude.m4 in RRDtool CVS? I realize this will have no
impact on any user-distribution, but it could make things easier to
other developers working with CVS.


Jake Brutlag
Network Analyst
TV Services -- Network Operations
Microsoft MSN 

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