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I'm trying to install mediagoblin by loosely following the instructions here and somewhat more closely following the instructions on mediagoblin's site. I'm trying to execute the following commands per their site:

$ ./bootstrap.sh && ./configure && make

But I get the following error:

aclocal: unrecognized option -- `--install'

And indeed bootstrap.sh contains the command

aclocal -I m4 --install

Doing aclocal --help shows that there is not an --install option. I believe that the version of automake on this system is too old. Is there a way to update it?

I'll note that in another question I posted about a problem installing mediagoblin user NickR posted a comment that I'm on an old system. So my question ultimately is: if I can update automake, should I, or should I just request my account to be migrated to a newer machine?

asked 26 Nov '15, 02:24

tmciver
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It would be easier to migrate your account to newer server. On our CentOS 7 boxes it is there,

$ aclocal --help
Usage: aclocal [OPTION]...

Generate 'aclocal.m4' by scanning 'configure.ac' or 'configure.in'

Options:
      --automake-acdir=DIR  directory holding automake-provided m4 files
      --system-acdir=DIR    directory holding third-party system-wide files
      --diff[=COMMAND]      run COMMAND [diff -u] on M4 files that would be
                            changed (implies --install and --dry-run)
      --dry-run             pretend to, but do not actually update any file
      --force               always update output file
      --help                print this help, then exit
  -I DIR                    add directory to search list for .m4 files
      --install             copy third-party files to the first -I directory
      --output=FILE         put output in FILE (default aclocal.m4)
      --print-ac-dir        print name of directory holding system-wide
                              third-party m4 files, then exit
      --verbose             don't be silent
      --version             print version number, then exit
  -W, --warnings=CATEGORY   report the warnings falling in CATEGORY

Warning categories include:
  syntax        dubious syntactic constructs (default)
  unsupported   unknown macros (default)
  all           all the warnings (default)
  no-CATEGORY   turn off warnings in CATEGORY
  none          turn off all the warnings
  error         treat warnings as errors

Report bugs to <bug-automake@gnu.org>.
GNU Automake home page: <http://www.gnu.org/software/automake/>.
General help using GNU software: <http://www.gnu.org/gethelp/>.

Building dependencies on our older servers can be difficult since other libraries might also be out of date, it is typically a better practice to update so you are updating all the other libraries as well.

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answered 26 Nov '15, 03:02

johns
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