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From Dave Cottlehuber <>
Subject Re: Problems installing CouchDB 1.2.0 in Ubuntu 8.04 Server (HardyHeron)
Date Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:26:39 GMT
On 12 September 2012 13:15, Daniel Gonzalez <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am using the git repo (git:// for this
> install.
> I have selected tag 1.2.0. I do:
> ./bootstrap
> And then:
> $ ./configure
> checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
> checking whether build environment is sane... yes
> checking for a thread-safe mkdir -p... /bin/mkdir -p
> checking for gawk... no
> checking for mawk... mawk
> checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... yes
> checking for gcc... gcc
> checking for C compiler default output file name... a.out
> checking whether the C compiler works... yes
> checking whether we are cross compiling... no
> checking for suffix of executables...
> checking for suffix of object files... o
> checking whether we are using the GNU C compiler... yes
> checking whether gcc accepts -g... yes
> checking for gcc option to accept ISO C89... none needed
> checking for style of include used by make... GNU
> checking dependency style of gcc... gcc3
> ./configure: line 3698: syntax error near unexpected token `win32-dll'
> ./configure: line 3698: `LT_INIT(win32-dll)'
> What does this error mean? Has somebody been able to install CouchDB 1.2.0
> in Ubuntu 8.04 Server?
> Thanks,
> Daniel

Hi Daniel,

Most likely that your version of autotools is older than when LT_INIT
was supported.

You can safely remove that LT_INIT line & retry, or alternatively the
release .tgz may work better for you than the git tag checkout.

FWIW I think we released 1.2.0 using autoconf 2.69 or thereabouts, and
likely a close relative of libtool as well.

autoconf -V yields 2.69 on my mac.

Given ubuntu 8.04 LTS ended last year, I don't see a need for fixing
this unless we could ensure LT_INIT(…) ran only for windows


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