vmod 4 / libvmod-example (and derivatives) / aclocal

Federico Schwindt fgsch at lodoss.net
Tue May 27 01:41:49 CEST 2014


Personally I think if you install Varnish in a non-standard location you
know what you are doing so you should use ACLOCAL_PATH or go for the
dirlist option.
As Lasse mentioned in hist post: "If you installed Varnish in the standard
path/prefix, that should work out of the box. Otherwise, you might to add
some symlinks for pkg-config and automake to find the source."

AFAICT --install copies the varnish.m4 file into the -I directory instead
of stuffing everything into aclocal.m4 so this won't help.
IIUC your suggestion could be done modifying Varnish's Makefile.am to use
/usr/share insted of $(datadir)/aclocal but installing varnish.m4 under
/usr and the rest of Varnish under /usr/local doesn't make much sense to me
and will break systems that install aclocal under /usr/local.

I'm not sure how many people installs Varnish in a prefix different to
where aclocal lives TBH but I'd say documenting it is the way to go.

On Sun, May 25, 2014 at 5:58 AM, Kenneth Shaw <kenshaw at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> With the new 4.0 varnish path discovery for vmods (through the AC
> tools/macros), if you install varnish in a non-standard directory (ie, with
> the default prefix of /usr/local), then libvmod-example (and its
> derivatives -- for instance, libvmod-dns that I originally wrote), will not
> compile out of the box using the autogen.sh script.
> The reason for this is in varnish's autogen.sh, and the call to aclocal:
>     aclocal -I m4
> Specifically, because (as per
> http://lassekarstensen.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/converting-a-varnish-3-0-vmod-to-4-0/) the AC tools need to have access to the varnish.m4 which would cause the
> varnish.m4 file to be installed in the /usr/local/share/aclocal directory.
> As per
> http://www.gnu.org/software/automake/manual/html_node/Macro-Search-Path.html#ACLOCAL_005fPATHone can fix this causing aclocal to search on a different path, and can be
> accomplished by putting a 'dirlist' file in /usr/share/aclocal or by
> running autogen.sh for a vmod with the ACLOCAL_PATH set:
>    ACLOCAL_PATH=/usr/local/share/aclocal ./autogen.sh
> While this is an OK workaround, for compiling the vmods, that to me seems
> to defeats the purpose of path autodiscovery for the vmods.
> I believe that the right solution to this would be to change varnish's
> autogen.sh file, so that the call to aclocal would instead look like the
> following (ie, add the --install parameter):
>     aclocal -I m4 --install
> This causes aclocal to install varnish.m4 into the /usr/share/aclocal path
> instead of /usr/local/share/aclocal
> Anyway, I'm not sure if this is 100% the "right" way to fix this issue,
> but without changing varnish's autogen.sh file, then I would suggest at
> minimum the ACLOCAL_PATH should be documented in libvmod-example.
> Input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
> -Ken
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