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sr #108144: ./configure could recommend packages to install through local package manager

Submitted by:  Andrew Engelbrecht <sudoman>
Submitted on:  Thu 27 Sep 2012 07:08:00 PM UTC  
 
Category: NonePriority: 5 - Normal
Severity: 1 - WishStatus: Wont Do
Privacy: PublicAssigned to: None
Open/Closed: OpenOperating System: GNU/Linux

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Thu 27 Sep 2012 07:18:59 PM UTC, comment #1:

The problem with trying to provide installation advice on missing prerequisite libraries is that configure scripts are written to be portable to all sorts of platforms, and there is no one canonical library name across all distros or even other OS for missing functionality. Individual configure.ac authors may try to provide better information, but such information is better encoded into each configure.ac based on the actual libraries used by that package, rather than trying to teach autoconf how to make completely-generic interfaces like AC_CHECK_LIBS report on how to find missing libs. Also, your request sounds something more like what pkg-config would be able to do than autoconf proper.

Eric Blake <ericb>
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Thu 27 Sep 2012 07:08:00 PM UTC, original submission:

when ./configure can't find libraries that need to be installed, why not print a helpful command describing which packages can be installed through say apt, or pacman, depedning on the distro?

Andrew Engelbrecht <sudoman>

 

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