./configure error when building mtn: "cannot find sources () in . or .."

Ryan Barrett pidgin at ryanb.org
Sun May 13 00:22:07 EDT 2007

hi all! i recently switched platforms, to ubuntu 6.06 (dapper drake), and i'm 
having trouble running autogen.sh from mtn. it generates the configure script 
successfully, but it then immediately fails with "configure: error: cannot 
find sources () in . or ..".

details below. i don't have much experience with autoconf, but from what i've 
read, the other warnings are probably unrelated. i'm using autoconf 2.59 and 
automake 1.7; more on my setup in http://developer.pidgin.im/ticket/811 . i've 
tried re-runinng autogen.sh in a clean workspace, but no luck. any ideas?

laptop:~/shared/pidgin-mtn> ./autogen.sh 
Generating configuration files for Pidgin, please wait....

Running libtoolize, please ignore non-fatal messages.... 
You should add the contents of `/usr/share/aclocal/libtool.m4' to `aclocal.m4'. 
Copying file mkinstalldirs
Copying file po/Makefile.in.in

Please add the files
   codeset.m4 gettext.m4 glibc21.m4 iconv.m4 isc-posix.m4 lcmessage.m4
from the /usr/share/aclocal directory to your autoconf macro directory 
or directly to your aclocal.m4 file. 
You will also need config.guess and config.sub, which you can get from 

You should add the contents of '/usr/share/aclocal/intltool.m4' to 'aclocal.m4'.
/usr/share/aclocal/glib.m4:8: warning: underquoted definition of AM_PATH_GLIB
   run info '(automake)Extending aclocal'
   or see http://sources.redhat.com/automake/automake.html#Extending-aclocal 
configure.ac: installing `./install-sh' 
configure.ac: installing `./missing' 
finch/Makefile.am: installing `./depcomp' 
finch/plugins/Makefile.am: installing `./compile'

Running ./configure

configure: error: cannot find sources () in . or .. 



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