AM_PO_SUBDIRS does not tell autoreconf that autopoint is needed
I'm reporting a bug that was already noticed on the Automake mailing list a
few years ago . See that message for detailed output.
According to the gettext manual , AM_PO_SUBDIRS should do all the
necessary work that AM_GNU_GETTEXT would do, minus checking for the ability
to use gettext from C. This makes it ideal for programs using gettext in
interpreted languages. The presence of AM_PO_SUBDIRS should cause
autoreconf to call autopoint, but it does not.
You can reproduce this by creating a project with the following configure.ac