[sword-devel] Autotools Bug?

Jonathan Marsden jmarsden at fastmail.fm
Mon May 11 11:37:24 MST 2009

Greg Hellings wrote:

> I just updated to the latest SWORD svn and ran autogen.sh and
> usrinst.sh.  Forgetting that I was in a fresh install of Ubuntu, I
> didn't think to manually install g++, so I have no C++ compiler on my
> system.  Nevertheless, the configure script simply noted this and
> moved on, completing the configuration process without so much as a
> complaint.  Should this be considered a bug, or simply a silly PEBKAC
> issue?

There is something odd going on here... a fresh default install of 
Ubuntu should not have had autotools installed either :)  So autogen.sh 
should have failed...

Incidentally (as you probably already know), doing

   sudo apt-get install build-essential

should get you g++ and other basic development tools installed on any 
Debian or Ubuntu system -- you probably do not want to install g++ 
manually, you should install build-essential and let it install g++ for 
you, so you also get a few other important things, like make and libc6-dev .

While I think about it: if there is a goal of making initial SWORD 
development setup really easy, we could consider adding a few lines to 
autogen.sh that notices if it is running on Ubuntu/Debian and does the 
sudo-apt-get install build-essential for you if necessary, and likewise 
notices if you are on  a Fedora/RHEL/CentOS machine and does the 
equivalent (yum install ...) .  This kind of approach would take care of 
a large percentage of Linux development platforms.


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