automake config failure for autoconf test failure (poudriere based build activity)

From: Mark Millard via freebsd-ports <>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2021 01:57:23 UTC
poudriere output:

[00:24:23] [09] [00:01:20] Saved devel/automake | automake-1.16.4 wrkdir to: /usr/local/poudriere/data/wrkdirs/13_0R-CA72-default/default/automake-1.16.4.tbz
[00:24:23] [09] [00:01:20] Finished devel/automake | automake-1.16.4: Failed: configure
. . .

logs/errors/automake-1.16.4.log :

. . .
checking whether autoconf is installed... yes
checking whether autoconf works... no
configure: error: The installed version of autoconf does not work.
    Please check config.log for error messages before this one.
===>  Script "configure" failed unexpectedly.
Please report the problem to [maintainer] and attach the
"/wrkdirs/usr/ports/devel/automake/work/automake-1.16.4/config.log" including
the output of the failure of your make command. Also, it might be a good idea
to provide an overview of all packages installed on your system (e.g. a
/usr/local/sbin/pkg-static info -g -Ea).
*** Error code 1

make: stopped in /usr/ports/devel/automake
=>> Cleaning up wrkdir
===>  Cleaning for automake-1.16.4
build of devel/automake | automake-1.16.4 ended at Sun Nov 14 17:01:21 PST 2021
build time: 00:01:09
!!! build failure encountered !!!

work/automake-1.16.4/config.log :

. . .
configure:3650: checking whether autoconf is installed
configure:3656: autoconf --version
autoconf (GNU Autoconf) 2.69
Copyright (C) 2012 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
License GPLv3+/Autoconf: GNU GPL version 3 or later
<>, <>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

Written by David J. MacKenzie and Akim Demaille.
configure:3659: $? = 0
configure:3667: result: yes
configure:3674: checking whether autoconf works
configure:3684: cd conftest && autoconf -o /dev/null
gm4:/usr/local/share/autoconf-2.69/autoconf/autoconf.m4f:1: expecting character `V' in frozen file
autom4te-2.69: /usr/local/bin/gm4 failed with exit status: 1
configure:3687: $? = 1
configure:3696: result: no
configure:3700: error: The installed version of autoconf does not work.
    Please check config.log for error messages before this one.
. . .

For reference:

# uname -apKU
FreeBSD CA72_16Gp_ZFS 14.0-CURRENT FreeBSD 14.0-CURRENT #19 main-n250667-20aa359773be-dirty: Sun Nov 14 02:57:32 PST 2021     root@CA72_16Gp_ZFS:/usr/obj/BUILDs/main-CA72-nodbg-clang/usr/main-src/arm64.aarch64/sys/GENERIC-NODBG-CA72  arm64 aarch64 1400042 1400042

# cd /usr/ports/
# ~/ 
branch: main
merge-base: 057c0c3c0645c0b237bb2a96dda440e0426ca983
merge-base: CommitDate: 2021-11-14 23:41:22 +0000
057c0c3c0645 (HEAD -> main, freebsd/main, freebsd/HEAD) [NEW] security/snowflake-tor: Pluggable Transport using WebRTC inspired by Flashproxy
n566061 (--first-parent --count for merge-base)


My amd64 FreeBSD context using the same sources (by content) did not
have this problem.

Mark Millard
marklmi at
( went
away in early 2018-Mar)