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Re: [yast-devel] perl-bindings
  • From: Stefan Hundhammer <sh@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 11:58:52 +0200
  • Message-id: <>
On Tuesday 27 May 2008 10:42, Katarina Machalkova wrote:
What about adding some autoconf check to perl-bindings, such as:

AC_CHECK_HEADERS([ arbitrary-ycp-ui-header.h ], [],
[ AC_MSG_ERROR([Go and install yast2-libyui-devel. Now! ]

I saw a svn check-in adding header check like this in ncurses recently, and
was thinking about adding similar ones with appropriate error msgs to
ncurses-pkg, too, just to make a life of those who hand-compile things from
svn a bit easier :)

From ncurses/

## check for libyui includes
[AC_MSG_ERROR([libyui headers not found - install package

AC_LANG_PUSH([C++]) tells "autoconf" to use C++ for the next checks; otherwise
you'll get complaints about STL headers (std::string, std::map, etc.). There
is also AC_LANG(), but that one changes the current programming language
without any chance to set it back to what was used before (typically C).
AC_LANG_PUSH() OTOH pushes the previous one on a stack, AC_LANG_POP restores
the previous one.

AC_CHECK_HEADERS() above has 3 arguments:

- What header file to look for (should be unique in that package, and should
not need anything else)

- Action if found - none in this case: [] is autoconf/m4 for "empty string"

- Action if not found - in this case, throw an error with AC_MSG_ERROR and
stop "configure" at that point. Otherwise nobody will notice that anything is
wrong with all that blurb the "configure" scripts dump to stdout.

See also "info autoconf".

It's no rocket science. It just has a weird syntax. ;-)

Stefan Hundhammer <sh@xxxxxxx> Penguin by conviction.
YaST2 Development
SUSE LINUX Products GmbH, GF: Markus Rex, HRB 16746 (AG Nürnberg)
Nürnberg, Germany
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