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Old 04-09-2008, 09:06 PM   #1
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compiling error: m4 missing

Hey while ./configure my "m4" was missing. I can't seem to compile without "m4" Could anybody point me out to where I could find the m4 file? Thanks

checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
checking whether build environment is sane... yes
checking for a thread-safe mkdir -p... /bin/mkdir -p
checking for gawk... no
checking for mawk... mawk
checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... yes
checking build system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
checking host system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
checking for a thread-safe mkdir -p... /bin/mkdir -p
checking for gcc... gcc
checking for C compiler default output file name... a.out
checking whether the C compiler works... yes
checking whether we are cross compiling... no
checking for suffix of executables... 
checking for suffix of object files... o
checking whether we are using the GNU C compiler... yes
checking whether gcc accepts -g... yes
checking for gcc option to accept ISO C89... none needed
checking for style of include used by make... GNU
checking dependency style of gcc... gcc3
checking whether gcc and cc understand -c and -o together... yes
checking how to run the C preprocessor... gcc -E
checking for grep that handles long lines and -e... /bin/grep
checking for egrep... /bin/grep -E
checking whether gcc needs -traditional... no
checking for m4... no
configure: error: m4 missing
Old 04-09-2008, 09:18 PM   #2
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It should be available in your repositories. It's also available here: Although I think it might be preferable to try and locate and install it from your repos.
Old 04-09-2008, 09:19 PM   #3
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I'm assuming that you're using Slackware (based on your profile). There's a package specifically for m4 (m4-1.4.6-i486-1 under Slackware 11 and m4-1.4.11-i486-1_slack12.0 under Slackware 12). It will install m4 in /usr/bin/m4


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