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automake/autoconf problem


i'm fairly new with automake and i ran into a problem that i have found no solution for. so i have a setup where i don't want all the output files generated by the compiler and alike in my src directory, instead i created a build/unix folder and i have build/unix/config set for AC_CONFIG_AUX_DIR. then i ran ../../configure from here and everything works just fine. however when i wanted to add platform specific options and used AC_CANONICAL_SYSTEM then configure was unable to locate anything from the config directory (like install-sh).

another thing i tried is to put all the configuration files into build/unix and ran configure with --srdir=../../src but it failed on sanity check with the following error: "ls -t appears to fal"

any suggestions how should i solve this problem or is there a good guide that have some more complex examples?

thanks in advance
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AUTORECONF(1)							   User Commands						     AUTORECONF(1)

autoreconf - Update generated configuration files SYNOPSIS
Run `autoconf' (and `autoheader', `aclocal', `automake', `autopoint' (formerly `gettextize'), and `libtoolize' where appropriate) repeat- edly to remake the GNU Build System files in the DIRECTORIES or the directory trees driven by CONFIGURE-AC (defaulting to `.'). By default, it only remakes those files that are older than their predecessors. If you install new versions of the GNU Build System, run- ning `autoreconf' remakes all of the files by giving it the `--force' option. Operation modes: -h, --help print this help, then exit -V, --version print version number, then exit -v, --verbose verbosely report processing -d, --debug don't remove temporary files -f, --force consider all files obsolete -i, --install copy missing auxiliary files -s, --symlink with -i, install symbolic links instead of copies -m, --make when applicable, re-run ./configure && make -W, --warnings=CATEGORY report the warnings falling in CATEGORY [syntax] Warning categories include: `cross' cross compilation issues `obsolete' obsolete constructs `portability' portability issues `syntax' dubious syntactic constructs `all' all the warnings `no-CATEGORY' turn off the warnings on CATEGORY `none' turn off all the warnings `error' warnings are error The environment variable `WARNINGS' is honored. Some subtools might support other warning types, using `all' is encouraged. Library directories: -B, --prepend-include=DIR prepend directory DIR to search path -I, --include=DIR append directory DIR to search path The environment variables AUTOCONF, AUTOHEADER, AUTOMAKE, ACLOCAL, AUTOPOINT, LIBTOOLIZE are honored. AUTHOR
Written by David J. MacKenzie and Akim Demaille. Copyright 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. REPORTING BUGS
Report bugs to <>. SEE ALSO
autoconf(1), automake(1), autoreconf(1), autoupdate(1), autoheader(1), autoscan(1), config.guess(1), config.sub(1), ifnames(1), libtool(1). The full documentation for autoreconf is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and autoreconf programs are properly installed at your site, the command info autoreconf should give you access to the complete manual. autoreconf 2.57 December 2002 AUTORECONF(1)