What Id like to try first is beefing up bootstrap to install the newer versions for you. It does that now if the autotools are missing, so it just needs to be updated to go the version checking too. 

I'll get to that after kids soccer today. In the meantime you can cut and paste the relevant lines from bootstrap and it will install a local set of the autotools in your development tree. 

-Ben


On Nov 16, 2012, at 10:56 PM, "Derek Gaston" <friedmud@gmail.com> wrote:

So, did we decide we were going to check in "configure" or what?

Here's what happens with bootstrap on my Lion MacBook Pro:

autoreconf: Entering directory `.'
autoreconf: configure.ac: not using Gettext
autoreconf: running: aclocal -I m4
configure.ac:56: error: Autoconf version 2.62 or higher is required
m4/prefix_config.m4:209: AX_PREFIX_CONFIG_H is expanded from...
configure.ac:56: the top level
autom4te: /usr/bin/gm4 failed with exit status: 63
aclocal: /usr/bin/autom4te failed with exit status: 63
autoreconf: aclocal failed with exit status: 63




On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 9:18 PM, Kirk, Benjamin (JSC-EG311) <benjamin.kirk-1@nasa.gov> wrote:
Merge is complete and trunk is back in business.  I'll be working on updating documentation for updating the build system over the next few days.

In the meantime please contact me before you get too frustrated with automake - it is usually easy to do something if you do it the 'automake way.'

-Ben



On Nov 16, 2012, at 3:40 PM, "Kirk, Benjamin (JSC-EG311)" <benjamin.kirk-1@nasa.gov> wrote:

> As of r6384, I am merging the automake branch back in to trunk.
>
> The old build system (trunk at r6383) exists as
>
> https://libmesh.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/libmesh/branches/libmesh-0.8.0
>
> Unfortunately, the underlying SVN database on sourceforge is old and crusty, so am having to do some svnadmin hackery to update it to a recent format so I can reintegrate.  I will send another email when this completes and trunk is back in business.
>
> Thanks,
>
> -Ben
>
>
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