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Re: [Mingw-msys] forking issue on Windows XP?

I am having major problems with installing MSys.

I am trying to use a automake/autogen based project from Linux.

I have installed mingw, msys and the msys developer package.

When trying to run aclocal, I have run into numerous errors.

"Can't locate Automake/Config.pm"

"autom4ate: unknown language: Autoconf-without-aclocal-m4"

I resolved this by installed automake 1.10. A hurdle was that it is absolutely unclear where this stuff has to go. It took me a while to figure that I should probably extract it to /usr/share. Using /usr/local/share did not work.

"Can't locate Autom4te/General.pm"

Resolved this by installing autoconf 2.61.

"String found where operator expected at /bin/autom4te line 280, near "error "GNU m4 1.4 or later: $m4"

Resolved: Now autoconf stuff has to go to /usr/local/share and not just /usr/share. How funny.

Btw, trying to installing it using the mingwPORT stuff failed due to numerous errors.

"Can't locate object method "path" via package "Request" (perhaps you forgot to load "Request"?) at /usr/local/share/autoconf/Autom4te/C4che.pm line 69, <GEN1> line 111"


At this point I have given up.

I know that this project is maintained by volunteers but yet I have to say that for me this looks like the biggest messy pile of software I have ever seen in my life. I have no clue how to get this to work so that I could run aclocal, autoheader, automake and configure on scripts that work flawlessly on Linux. Installation is a horror - you neither know what exactly you need, nor where to put it.

Unfortunately I have to use this stuff, so please help me to get this going.

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