Something is still broken with the build process

Nathan Neulinger nneul at
Fri Apr 4 18:17:40 CST 2003

I don't see why you can't softlink/symlink the install of gnucash...
That's what I do for all unix software installs as well, and it works
fine with them and gnucash.

-- Nathan

On Fri, 2003-04-04 at 17:29, Derek Atkins wrote:
> Laurent Duperval <lduperval at> writes:
> > On  4 Apr, Derek Atkins wrote:
> > > That's what I thought.   This is _WRONG_.
> > > 
> > 
> > No it's not. Every piece of software I compile is compiled and installed
> > like this and they all work. Doing this allows you to do soft-linking in
> > any directory and it will alway work.
> WTF is "soft linking"?
> And yes, it is wrong.  "gnucash" is not "every piece of software".
> I'm trying to tell you what you need to do with GnuCash.  It doesn't
> matter if lots of other stuff works differently, this is how GnuCash
> works.  Jumping up and down and ignoring the directions you are given
> because you think it should work differently is not the way to convince
> people it's broken.
> Basically, if you're not going to follow directions, then maybe you
> can go find someone else to hand-hold you.  I'm trying to help.  Don't
> ignore what I'm saying.
> > > You should run:
> > > 
> > >         ./ --prefix=/usr/local/soft/gnucash/run/i686_pc_linux
> > > 
> > 
> > That's what I used to do but this breaks soft-linking. When I complained
> > about this (for other applications), I was told that when using
> > autoconf, you should use the --prefix when running make install, not
> > when running configure (or autogen in this case), if you plan on doing
> > softlinking.
> As I said, I don't know what "soft-linking" is in terms of software
> installation.  Basically, gnucash needs to know where it's going to be
> installed when you configure it.  Period.  End of story.  You have to
> tell it during the configuration phase.  You cannot change it during
> the installation phase.
> If you want to install into a temporary directory, like how .deb or
> .rpm is built, you need to use the LIBRARY_PATH environment variable
> when you "make install" in order to get the re-link process to work
> properly.  You need to do:
> DESTDIR=/tmp/path
> prefix=/usr/real/path
> env LIBRARY_PATH=$(DESTDIR)$(prefix)/lib:$(DESTDIR)$(prefix)/lib/gnucash \
>         make install DESTDIR=$(DESTDIR)
> > I will also note that this used to work but then, sometime in the life
> > of the 1.7.x series, it suddenly broke. I'd also mentioned it at the
> > time.
> AFAIK this _never_ worked..  It certainly never worked for me.  This
> is how it works now....
> Part of the broken is the version of libtool we're using.  I do
> not expect this to be changed in the 1.8 series, but hopefully
> we can "fix" this for 2.0 (or 1.10).
> -derek

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