[Freeswitch-dev] Help with autotools

Michael Jerris mike at jerris.com
Thu May 4 21:39:40 MSD 2017

> On Apr 28, 2017, at 4:39 PM, Alberto Mijares <alberto.m at futurelinkcorporation.com> wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I'm currently working, with a co-worker, in a pkgsrc package for
> FreeSwitch 1.6.17. We are writing the Makefile from scratch because we
> think that many patches from previous versions are no longer needed in
> this version. We are working on FreeBSD 11.
> None of us are savvy in development nor know the details of how
> autotools work. However, we were able to identify:
> 1) The distribution file from files.freeswitch.org differs from the git
> version, and is easier to fetch via http in pkgsrc; is the preferred
> method of getting distfiles.

The tar balls are pre-bootstrapped.

> 2) There's a bootstrap.sh or rebootstrap.sh (depending on the source of
> the distribution) that uses libtool to generate the configure scripts.
> From this .sh script we have a better understanding of the build
> process. If you have all the dependencies and run this script,
> everything goes fine.
> However, we are not very clear on if we should run this .sh script from
> pkgsrc framework of if the pkgsrc framework should be able to run the
> libtool utility for itself in the same way the script does.

I’d use the scripts, they do everything right.

> pkgsrc has some vars
> USE_LIBTOOL=    yes
> USE_TOOLS+=     automake autoconf gmake perl pkg-config
> so those tools are installed in the build process as dependencies. What
> I can't identify is if pkgsrc knows how to run them accordingly or those
> vars are useful only for having preinstalled the tools and using them
> within the script.

The script should find them if they are in the path right, if not, you have to set env vars to point to the right version of the tools.

> I also noted that some directories were removed from sources in git and
> not in distfile. Is there any chance to make them equal?

what specifically isn’t in one or the other?

> Thanks in advance for your guidance.
> Best regards,
> Alberto Mijares

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