Autoconf 2.57 upgrade oddities - files all have '257 suffix.

J. Seth Henry jshamlet at comcast.net
Sat Feb 7 09:26:42 PST 2004


Guys,
I discovered this while attempting to upgrade to KDE 3.2.0 on my FreeBSD 
4.9-REL box last night. Unfortunately, kdevelop 3 won't build because of a 
problem with autoconf. When I first started the upgrade, I apparently had 
2.53_1 installed, so it complained that it needs 2.54 or later.

I tried manually updating autoconf alone, and portupgrade went through the 
motions, but when it finished, 2.53_1 was still there and 2.57_1 wasn't. I 
then tried manually deinstalling 2.53_1, and manually installing 2.57_1. This 
seemed to work, but now I don't have an autoconf anywhere! (the program isn't 
on the disk- I even tried find / -name autoconf)

Now, here's the interesting part. I dig around and find that the binary IS on 
the hard disk, but all of the autoconf binaries have a '257' suffix.  (ie 
autoconf257) I sym-link all of the binaries to their generic names, and 
things seem to be working?

So, at the moment, I have the following, and things seem to be working.

alexandria# ls -l /usr/local/bin | grep 257
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel       11 Feb  7 12:15 autoconf -> autoconf257
-r-xr-xr-x  1 root  wheel     7684 Feb  2 23:43 autoconf257
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel       13 Feb  7 12:16 autoheader -> autoheader257
-r-xr-xr-x  1 root  wheel     7959 Feb  2 23:43 autoheader257
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel       11 Feb  7 12:19 autom4te -> autom4te257
-r-xr-xr-x  1 root  wheel    33557 Feb  2 23:43 autom4te257
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel       13 Feb  7 12:19 autoreconf -> autoreconf257
-r-xr-xr-x  1 root  wheel    17612 Feb  2 23:43 autoreconf257
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel       11 Feb  7 12:19 autoscan -> autoscan257
-r-xr-xr-x  1 root  wheel    16060 Feb  2 23:43 autoscan257
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel       13 Feb  7 12:19 autoupdate -> autoupdate257
-r-xr-xr-x  1 root  wheel    32888 Feb  2 23:43 autoupdate257
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel       10 Feb  7 12:19 ifnames -> ifnames257
-r-xr-xr-x  1 root  wheel     3607 Feb  2 23:43 ifnames257

Is this a bug, or did I screw up something?

Thanks,
Seth Henry


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