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Bug 893434 - [Tracker] Build failures with dev-build/autoconf-2.72
Summary: [Tracker] Build failures with dev-build/autoconf-2.72
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal with 1 vote (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo's Team for Core System packages
Keywords: PullRequest, Tracker
Depends on: 836585 920743 920802 921032 921034 921187 921264 924213 885485 893730 920684 920712 920744 920746 920765 920766 920780 920784 920785 920786 920787 920788 920789 920790 920791 920797 920798 920800 920801 920803 920804 920805 920806 920812 920822 920878 921018 921033 921125 921138 921189 921345 925162
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Reported: 2023-02-07 03:50 UTC by Sam James
Modified: 2024-06-12 07:19 UTC (History)
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Description Sam James archtester Gentoo Infrastructure gentoo-dev Security 2023-02-07 03:50:26 UTC
Not yet released, so using 9999 for now.
Comment 1 Larry the Git Cow gentoo-dev 2023-12-23 16:57:08 UTC
The bug has been referenced in the following commit(s):

commit 764ce7a97cdbe7f151e34b9008eee9e46bc4f56d
Author:     Sam James <>
AuthorDate: 2023-12-23 16:37:00 +0000
Commit:     Sam James <>
CommitDate: 2023-12-23 16:56:48 +0000

    sys-devel/autoconf: add 2.72
    Keywording immediately given I've been running 9999 for ages and we'd backported
    some of the bigger (but not all) changes anyway.
    It has a bunch of the modern C stuff we really want out there.
    Signed-off-by: Sam James <>

 sys-devel/autoconf/Manifest             |  2 +
 sys-devel/autoconf/autoconf-2.72.ebuild | 92 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 sys-devel/autoconf/autoconf-9999.ebuild | 12 +++--
 3 files changed, 103 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
Comment 2 Larry the Git Cow gentoo-dev 2023-12-27 20:57:30 UTC
The bug has been referenced in the following commit(s):

commit 00a85ac2928bf83ec841a08904b2e80008276ce2
Author:     Sam James <>
AuthorDate: 2023-12-27 19:12:04 +0000
Commit:     Sam James <>
CommitDate: 2023-12-27 20:57:06 +0000

    autotools.eclass: rework WANT_AUTOCONF handling
    For automake, we enumerate each of the automake slots in _WANT_AUTOMAKE and
    use this to handle setting WANT_AUTOMAKE accordingly if the ebuild (or user,
    I suppose) haven't set WANT_AUTOMAKE themselves. This means that we can easily
    rollover to the latest installed on a system (and we also pull it in via _WANT_AUTOMAKE
    which is used for dependencies) because WANT_AUTOMAKE is based on the slots in
    _WANT_AUTOMAKE intersected with whatever is installed on the system.
    For autoconf, we weren't doing any of that, and were just hardcoding whatever
    the latest slot is! That's error prone on bumps but it also wasn't really possible
    to get right as-is without marking a new slot stable because of the entanglement
    between the dependencies, WANT_AUTOCONF, and no intersection being done
    (WANT_AUTOCONF wasn't dynamic at all).
    We now implement a similar scheme for autoconf as we already had for automake. This
    fixes the case where WANT_AUTOCONF="latest" in an ebuild (the default), autoconf:2.71
    isn't installed, but autoconf:2.72 is.
    This sometimes worked before if the latest dep was slotted rather than unslotted
    like it is now (see below for why that's not easy to just fix) because the new slot
    would never get pulled in and hence the older slot which aligned with WANT_AUTOCONF's
    hardcoded value would be available.
    (I still think we should consider slotmoving older autoconfs but that's something
    to discuss and possibly do another time. See TODO.)
    Signed-off-by: Sam James <>

 eclass/autotools.eclass | 73 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++----
 1 file changed, 67 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)
Comment 3 Sam James archtester Gentoo Infrastructure gentoo-dev Security 2024-01-02 11:15:09 UTC
Note that some failures/bugs aren't new but just show up because of the portage change wrt not ignoring command not found in configure.