libfreetype6 ftbfs due to autoconf version

Bug #1502586 reported by themusicgod1 on 2015-10-04
This bug affects 1 person
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freetype (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

According to the README, the process to build libfreetype6 seems to start with

./debian/rules patch

which fails due to the correct version of autoconf not being detected, even though it is installed:

themusicgod1@Hedy:~/libfreetype/freetype-2.5.2$ ./debian/rules patch
# Unpack upstream tarballs
Unpacking freetype-2.5.2.tar.bz2 ...
Unpacking freetype-doc-2.5.2.tar.bz2 ...
Unpacking ft2demos-2.5.2.tar.bz2 ...
Applying patch savannah-bug-41590.patch
patching file src/type1/t1load.c

Now at patch savannah-bug-41590.patch
cd freetype-2.5.2 && ./
ERROR: Your version of the `autoconf' tool is too old.
       Minimum version 2.62 is required (yours is version 2.13).
       Please upgrade or use the AUTOCONF variable to point to a more recent one.

debian/rules:72: recipe for target 'patch-stamp' failed
make: *** [patch-stamp] Error 1

themusicgod1@Hedy:~/libfreetype/freetype-2.5.2$ which autoconf2.64
themusicgod1@Hedy:~/libfreetype/freetype-2.5.2$ echo $AUTOCONF

(same happens if $AUTOCONF is set differently, or not set)

Ubuntu: 15.10 wily werewolf

  Installed: 2.5.2-4ubuntu2
  Candidate: 2.5.2-4ubuntu2
  Version table:
 *** 2.5.2-4ubuntu2 0
        500 wily/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
  Installed: 2.69-8
  Candidate: 2.69-8

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 15.10
Package: libfreetype6 2.5.2-4ubuntu2
Uname: Linux 4.1.0-040100rc1-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.19-0ubuntu1
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: GNOME
Date: Sun Oct 4 07:00:25 2015
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-07-09 (451 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-GNOME 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" - Alpha amd64 (20140708)
SourcePackage: freetype
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

themusicgod1 (themusicgod1) wrote :
Steve Langasek (vorlon) wrote :

Current versions of the autoconf2.13 package install the program as /usr/bin/autoconf2.13. And autoconf2.13 is ancient. You should uninstall this package when building freetype.

Changed in freetype (Ubuntu):
status: New → Won't Fix
themusicgod1 (themusicgod1) wrote :

...i don't have autoconf2.13 installed, i have autoconf2.64 installed.

themusicgod1 (themusicgod1) wrote :

Hrm guess I do have autoconf2.13 installed also. I can remove that and try again.

themusicgod1 (themusicgod1) wrote :

nm that works.

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