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   AX_WARNING_DEFAULT_ACLOCALDIR [(dirvariable [,[defsetting][,[A][,[N/A]]]])]
AX_ENABLE_DEFAULT_ACLOCALDIR [(dirvariable [,defsetting])]


print a warning message if the $(datadir)/aclocal directory is not in the dirlist searched by the aclocal tool. This macro is useful if some ‘make install‘ would target $(datadir)/aclocal to install an autoconf m4 file of your project to be picked up by other projects.

 default $1 dirvariable = aclocaldir
 default $2 defsetting  = ${datadir}/aclocal
 default $3 action = nothing to do
 default $4 action = warn the user about mismatch

In the _WARNING_ variant, the defsetting is not placed in dirvariable nor is it ac_subst’ed in any way. The default fail-action $4 is to send a warning message to the user, and the default accept-action $3 is nothing. It is expected that a Makefile is generated with aclocaldir=${datadir}/aclocal

The _ENABLE_ variant however will set not only the $aclocaldir shell var of the script, but it is also AC-SUBST’ed on default - and furthermore a configure option "–enable-default-aclocaldir" is provided. Only if that option is set then $2 default is not set to the canonic default in the a $prefix subpath but instead $2 default is set to the primary path where ‘aclocal‘ looks for macros. The user may also override the default on the command line.

Source Code

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