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

Ryan Barrett pidgin at ryanb.org
Tue May 22 04:59:11 EDT 2007

wow. this turned out to be pretty obscure.

i use vmware, and my pidgin mtn workspace is located in a vmware HGFS 
filesystem. the physical filesystem is NTFS, which handles permissions and 
owner/group differently than *nix filesystems. HGFS handles this by allowing 
full access too all files for all users, but exposing file permissions as 700, 
owned by root:root.

so, i could read the files in the workspace, but configure stat'ed them, saw 
that they were 700 root:root, figured there were nothing for it to do, and 
bailed out. god i love computers!

regardless, it's happy and building now. just consider this a plug for google 
juice in the mailing list archive, in case anyone else runs into the same 
issue. (right. :P)

On Sat, 12 May 2007, Ryan Barrett wrote:

> 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 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
>   progtest.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
> ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/config/.
> 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 ..
> laptop:~/shared/pidgin-mtn>
> -Ryan
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