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Couldn't locate INSTALL file

Ying Chang
Hi, I am a biologist who doesn't know much about computers. I need to
install autoconf as it is one of the dependencies of a program that I want
to use. I downloaded the autoconf package with 'git clone git://
git.sv.gnu.org/autoconf' . The README file says that I should read BUGS and
INSTALL. But there is no INSTALL file in the package. Did I get the package
from the wrong place? What should I do? Thanks!

Ying

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Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Oregon State University
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Re: Couldn't locate INSTALL file

Eric Blake-3
On 02/07/2017 12:50 AM, Ying Chang wrote:
> Hi, I am a biologist who doesn't know much about computers. I need to
> install autoconf as it is one of the dependencies of a program that I want
> to use. I downloaded the autoconf package with 'git clone git://
> git.sv.gnu.org/autoconf' .

Building from git is NOT the recommended way to casually meet a
prerequisite; git builds are intended primarily for development of
autoconf itself, rather than using autoconf for other projects.

The primary means of installing autoconf is by using a pre-built package
(if you are using a distribution), or by using a tarball
(ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/autoconf/), where 2.69 is the latest release
(although I'm hoping to release 2.70 soon).

> The README file says that I should read BUGS and
> INSTALL. But there is no INSTALL file in the package.

INSTALL exists in the tarballs (it is created as part of bootstrapping
the git checkouit).  When building from git, you first have to bootstrap
the package, at which point the directions in HACKING are relevant.  But
note that the directions in HACKING state that you cannot bootstrap
autoconf from git unless you have _first_ installed autoconf from a
tarball (or distribution) - so you're right back to needing that
tarball.  And if you are not planning on developing autoconf itself,
then why bother with bootstrapping git?

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Re: Couldn't locate INSTALL file

Rudra Banerjee-3
I don't know any unix which doesn't provide autotools. Please try 'sudo dnf install automake' with dnf replaced by your package manager and you are done.
This is because, if you're asked for autoconf, it will ask you for aitomake and make as well.

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On Tuesday, 7 February 2017 at 16:56 Eric Blake <[hidden email]> wrote:

On 02/07/2017 12:50 AM, Ying Chang wrote:
> Hi, I am a biologist who doesn't know much about computers. I need to
> install autoconf as it is one of the dependencies of a program that I want
> to use. I downloaded the autoconf package with 'git clone git://
> git.sv.gnu.org/autoconf' .

Building from git is NOT the recommended way to casually meet a
prerequisite; git builds are intended primarily for development of
autoconf itself, rather than using autoconf for other projects.

The primary means of installing autoconf is by using a pre-built package
(if you are using a distribution), or by using a tarball
(ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/autoconf/), where 2.69 is the latest release
(although I'm hoping to release 2.70 soon).

> The README file says that I should read BUGS and
> INSTALL. But there is no INSTALL file in the package.

INSTALL exists in the tarballs (it is created as part of bootstrapping
the git checkouit). When building from git, you first have to bootstrap
the package, at which point the directions in HACKING are relevant. But
note that the directions in HACKING state that you cannot bootstrap
autoconf from git unless you have _first_ installed autoconf from a
tarball (or distribution) - so you're right back to needing that
tarball. And if you are not planning on developing autoconf itself,
then why bother with bootstrapping git?

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Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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Re: Couldn't locate INSTALL file

John Calcote-2
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Hello Ying,

You're probably running a linux distribution. If it's debian based
(such as Ubuntu), then run the following command from a command prompt
(as root):

# apt-get install autoconf

If it's a redhat-based distribution such as RHEL, SuSE, or Fedora, run
this command:

# yum install autoconf

or

# zypper install autoconf

(whichever one works on your system)

This will install autoconf from the standard repositories provide by
your linux distro.

Regards,
John

On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 11:50 PM, Ying Chang
<[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hi, I am a biologist who doesn't know much about computers. I need to
> install autoconf as it is one of the dependencies of a program that I want
> to use. I downloaded the autoconf package with 'git clone git://
> git.sv.gnu.org/autoconf' . The README file says that I should read BUGS and
> INSTALL. But there is no INSTALL file in the package. Did I get the package
> from the wrong place? What should I do? Thanks!
>
> Ying
>
> ---------------------------------
> Ying Chang
> Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
> Oregon State University
> _______________________________________________
> Autoconf mailing list
> [hidden email]
> https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/autoconf

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Re: Couldn't locate INSTALL file

Ying Chang
Hi Eric, John and Rudra,

Thanks a lot for all the suggestions. I followed the instruction coming
with the tarballs and managed to install it onto the computer cluster I am
using. Thanks again for the kind help!

Cheers,
Ying

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Ying Chang
Post-doc Scholar
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Oregon State University
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On Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 8:32 AM, John Calcote <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hello Ying,
>
> You're probably running a linux distribution. If it's debian based
> (such as Ubuntu), then run the following command from a command prompt
> (as root):
>
> # apt-get install autoconf
>
> If it's a redhat-based distribution such as RHEL, SuSE, or Fedora, run
> this command:
>
> # yum install autoconf
>
> or
>
> # zypper install autoconf
>
> (whichever one works on your system)
>
> This will install autoconf from the standard repositories provide by
> your linux distro.
>
> Regards,
> John
>
> On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 11:50 PM, Ying Chang
> <[hidden email]> wrote:
> > Hi, I am a biologist who doesn't know much about computers. I need to
> > install autoconf as it is one of the dependencies of a program that I
> want
> > to use. I downloaded the autoconf package with 'git clone git://
> > git.sv.gnu.org/autoconf' . The README file says that I should read BUGS
> and
> > INSTALL. But there is no INSTALL file in the package. Did I get the
> package
> > from the wrong place? What should I do? Thanks!
> >
> > Ying
> >
> > ---------------------------------
> > Ying Chang
> > Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
> > Oregon State University
> > _______________________________________________
> > Autoconf mailing list
> > [hidden email]
> > https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/autoconf
>
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