irmp3 fails in configure

Warren Wilder wipwap19 at
Tue Apr 4 02:03:54 PDT 2006

Declan Moriarty wrote:
> Recently, Somebody Somewhere wrote these words
>>> Recently, Somebody Somewhere wrote these words
>>>> I am trying to install irmp3 on my HLFS system.
>>>> The same source package installs fine on a Knoppix 3.8 system,
>>>> but I can't get it past the configure step on the HLFS system.
>>>> Syntax errors in the configure prevent it from completing, or so
>>>> it says. Since it works on the Knoppix system and Google tells
> [SNIP]
>>> Does Perl run on backticks? I certainly thought scripts didn't.
>>> sed 's/`/'/g'  -i configure ?? You can always untar it again :-).
>> I tried that command but it needed something to escape the '
>> character that needs to replace the ` ones. I read around a bit
>> but couldn't find an example about this particular sed
>> replacement. Adding the normal escapecharacter didn't help.  So
>> I started taking it from a different route, I tried to create a
>> new configure script and read a bit about the GNU auto tools.
>> (automake, autoconf, autoscan, aclocal, autoheader)
>> This is what I did: untar the package (irmp3-0.5.7-pre1.tar.gz)
>> cd irmp3 remove configure* autoscan    ( creates configure.scan
>> with a warning about a non-existent cp
>> configure.scan aclocal       ( recreates
>> aclocal.m4, about twenty warnings about underquoted definitions
>> ) autoconf   ( reads and creates configure without
>> any warnings) ./configure make         ( ends with a
>> 'Makefile:154: *** missing separator. Stop.'.) vi +154 Makefile
>> => @SET_MAKE@
>> It seems to be working out for the better, because running
>> configure actually works, but that leaves me with a Makefile
>> which make promptly refuses to run. I tried automake, but it
>> shows a big bunch of errors:
>> and it doesn't recreate, so I guess these messages
>> are fatal.
>> Just for the record, I have no idea what I am doing here ( well,
>> kind of :-) ) but I find it interesting none the less, so anyone
>> willing to take the time to guide me along, please do. I'm sure
>> the stuff I am learning here is going to come of use a lot more
>> often, later in life.
>> Right now, I have three questions: 1) Am I getting anywhere with
>> this? :-)
> Not yet. You went up a cul-de-sac, imho. The surroundings are totally 
> familiar - scores of errors. You jumped the first hurdle, but landed 
> on your backside :-)
>> 2)  how come ./configure can create a Makefile which is not
>> acceptable by make?
> Automake needs a reasonably tuned Also, there is xmkmf
> which throws together based on the config sorted by your X
> install. That wants an Imakefile.
>> 3) do I even need automake in this case? I have a,
>> but I'm sure it is way old/deprecated.
> Untar afresh, and examine the line of the configure script that
> failed. Take salient terms from that and grep other config scripts
> for them. I tried that here. Here's the stuff from SDL-1.2.8
> (built ok under hlfs here)
> 1361:   case `(ac_space='"'"' '"'"'; set | grep ac_space) 2>&1` in
> 1362:    *ac_space=\ *)
> 31583:    case `(ac_space=' '; set | grep ac_space) 2>&1` in
> 31584:    *ac_space=\ *)
> That's awfully like your line, isn't it? Feel free to copy & paste
> - it saves thinking :-D.
> I would also try a plain 'make' if you have a Makefile in there.
> Some busy/lazy maintainers hack the Makefile and go, neglecting to
> check if the thing will reconfigure.
I have been hurting myself with this for a while now and I kind of need 
a helping hand to stop the bleeding.

I want to install the old package irmp3 on my system. For some reason, 
when I run the configure script, bash complains about wrong syntax. 
(version 0.5.7pre1 and 0.5.7.pre2 both fail)

So I opted for the older 0.5.6 version, which already has a Makefile and 
can be built sucessfully. Unfortunately, the lirc module isn't added and 
mpg123 support doesn't work correctly. So I need one of the 5.7 
versions. Better lirc detection and such, so I hear.

Lately, I've been trying to correct the 'bad syntax' in the configure 
script of 5.7pre2, although I'm sure it isn't incorrect. I felt happy 
because the errors about wrong syntax were steadily progressing towards 
the end of the script. Unfortunately, when I reached the end, the 
linenumbers with syntax errors went back up. Changing the configure 
script is a no-go area.
But I ran the reconf script after that and tried all over again. Silly me.

So far, no irmp3.
I don't know much/anything about the gnu autotools and how they make a 
package compile, but I'm sure there is something I can/should do with 
these tools to 'crack' the configure script into shape.
Aclocal complains about these underquoted definitions;
- aclocal.
/usr/share/aclocal/gtk.m4:7: warning: underquoted definition of AM_PATH_GTK
 run info '(automake)Extending aclocal'
 or see
/usr/share/aclocal/glib.m4:8: warning: underquoted definition of 
/usr/share/aclocal/audiofile.m4:12: warning: underquoted definition of 

Since the syntax errors in configure are all about quotes, I feel 
something's up with this.
Perhaps having these directories is a bad thing?



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