Re: failed to compile goffice from git on debian 9

Build system problems are difficult to handle because there is really
no way to make sure a change won't break
someone else's build.  (And note that this holds independent of the
particular build system in use.)

At the autogen level, in practice, what I do is to make sure things
work for me, Andreas, and Jean.  The method is that
they tell me when I break something and we hash it out.  It doesn't scale.

At the tarball level there is a slow feedback from distributions.  The
major ones are pretty good at letting me know of problems,
generally arising from them using newer dependents than I do.

Now, specifically m4/glib-gettext.m4.  You probably had a copy from a
previous version of your distribution, i.e., from before a
system upgrade.  That happens, but I can't really tell the difference
between an edited file and an old file, so blowing the file
away unconditionally seems unwise.


On Sun, Oct 29, 2017 at 11:59 AM, Frédéric Parrenin
<frederic parrenin univ-grenoble-alpes fr> wrote:
Answering to myself.
The solution is to delete the file m4/glib-gettext.m4.
Note that gnumeric is also affected.
Maybe it is worth a fix in the build system?



Le 24/10/2017 à 16:21, Frédéric Parrenin a écrit :

Dear all,

Today I tried to compile the git version of goffice.
I get the following error message when running ./

root@lgge179:/usr/local/goffice# ./
m4/glib-gettext.m4:39: error: m4_copy: won't overwrite defined macro:
m4/glib-gettext.m4:39: the top level
autom4te: /usr/bin/m4 failed with exit status: 1
aclocal: error: echo failed with exit status: 1

Any help would be appreciated!



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