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Automatically run autoreconf in git repos? Alternatively, add configure script to upstream packages #3534

mgsloan opened this issue Oct 30, 2017 · 1 comment


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@mgsloan mgsloan commented Oct 30, 2017

It looks like some fairly core packages like process and time do not include the configure script, instead requiring the user to run autoreconf -i. The source dist, on the other hand, includes the configure script. This causes issues when those packages are referenced by git repo - see this and this.

Two options here:

  1. Run autoreconf -i automatically? Seems ok. Does cabal-install do this? Do we care what it does? Perhaps we should just detect the absence of a configure script, and try this incase it works.

  2. Fix the packages to include the configure script.


For those who are visiting this issue, the workaround is straightforward. Just check out the dependency as a git repo, add it to your packages list, and run autoreconf -i

@mgsloan mgsloan added this to the P2: Should milestone Oct 30, 2017
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@snoyberg snoyberg commented Nov 22, 2017

See #3598

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Automatically run autoreconf -i when needed #3534
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