Jim Meyering jim at meyering.net
Tue Jan 22 12:58:09 UTC 2008

"Richard W.M. Jones" <rjones at redhat.com> wrote:

> Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
>> * PKG_CHECK_EXISTS macro doesn't exist and has to be commented out
>> everywhere.  This is despite the fact that I have pkg-config from
>> Macports installed.
> Looking into this in a bit more detail -- Macports installs everything
> under /opt/local and there is a pkg.m4 file under there which contains
> $ grep PKG_CHECK_EXISTS /opt/local/share/aclocal/pkg.m4
> # PKG_CHECK_EXISTS manually
>         PKG_CHECK_EXISTS([$3],
> What do I need to do to make autoconf use this macro?  At the moment
> autoconf leaves the macro unexpanded, and as a result ./configure
> fails.
> checking for iptables... /sbin/iptables
> ./configure: line 35741: syntax error near unexpected token
> libxml-2.0,LIBXML_FOUND=yes'
> ./configure: line 35741: `    PKG_CHECK_EXISTS(libxml-2.0,LIBXML_FOUND=yes)'

Hi Rich,

So, you have this file,


yet your version of aclocal doesn't find it.
This should be enough to make it work:

    mkdir -p $(aclocal --print-ac-dir)
    echo /opt/local/share/aclocal >> $(aclocal --print-ac-dir)/dirlist

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