Subject: Need autoconf-devel for a package, what to do?
To: None <>
From: Julio Merino <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 07/02/2002 13:32:40

I'm packaging devel/libglade2, for the GNOME2 platform. Everything is
working fine, except in the installation process, where the Makefile
tries to install a non-existant file (I've got the same problem in
another package, dunno if it is a problem of some internal gnome auto

The thing is that it installs a whole bunch of .html files but then it
tries to install index.sgml, which does not exist. I've modified the to install index.html instead, which really exists. But
which is the problem? To regenerate the Makefile, I need autoconf 2.52,
in devel/autoconf-devel (automake won't work in this package without
it). So what should I do? Installing both autoconf and autoconf-devel
is not possible and I think that adding autoconf-devel to the dependancy
list of libglade2 is not a good idea as it will choke with lots of
systems where autoconf is installed.

I would patch the instead, but I remember a discussion here
saying that this is a BAD idea and should never be done.

So, what do I do?


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Julio Merino <>