--- a/configure.ac
+++ b/configure.ac
@@ -30,6 +30,8 @@
 
 AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE([dist-bzip2 no-dist-gzip])
 AM_MAINTAINER_MODE
+
+m4_ifdef([AM_SILENT_RULES], [AM_SILENT_RULES])
 
 TAR_NAME=$PACKAGE_NAME-xine_VERSION
 SPEC_VERSION=xine_VERSION