[Monetdb-developers] test missing on pkg-config in clients configure

Fabian Groffen Fabian.Groffen at cwi.nl
Sun Oct 10 09:54:56 CEST 2010

On 10-10-2010 09:41:49 +0200, Jan Rittinger wrote:
> that's where my mail started from. Installing pkg-config got the intial strange error message sorted out. I was just wondering that pkg-config itself is not checked by configure (to give a more useful error message).

configure does!  However, you need to be able to generate it properly.
I thought autoconf should/would bail on missing macros, but in any case,
that's beyond our ability to fix.

> As to AM_ICONV—this seems to be not optional as a call to AM_ICONV still resides in the generated configure file...

Which is wrong, but probably causes your interpreter to simply emit some
error about a missing/undefined function, since the macro call has no

Proper bootstrapping is hard, maybe we could extend the bootstrap script
to check these requirements and just refuse to work if missing.

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