make check failure: missing POTFILES

Larry Evans cppljevans at
Sat Jan 26 08:23:58 EST 2013

Using the download:

and after doing several iterations of configure (interleaved with
several synaptic installs for missing packages), then `make`
I tried `make check`, but got error message which included:

make[1]: Entering directory `/home/evansl/download/gnucash/2.4.11/build/po'
/usr/bin/intltool-update --gettext-package gnucash --pot
rm -f missing notexist
/usr/bin/intltool-update -m
The usage of POTFILES.ignore is deprecated. Please consider moving the
content of this file to POTFILES.skip.
mismatched quotes at line 33 in
The following files contain translations and are currently not in use.
consider adding these to the file, located in the po/ directory.


If some of these files are left out on purpose then please add them to
POTFILES.skip instead of A file 'missing' containing this list
of left out files has been written in the current directory.
Please report to gnucash-devel at
if [ -r missing -o -r notexist ]; then \
	  exit 1; \
make[1]: *** [check] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/evansl/download/gnucash/2.4.11/build/po'
make: *** [check-recursive] Error 1
~/download/gnucash/2.4.11/build $

I have search this ml for "POTFILES" and found:

From: Derek Atkins <warlord at>
Newsgroups: gmane.comp.gnome.apps.gnucash.devel
Subject: Re: Missing files in po/
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 11:33:23 -0400
Lines: 17

which suggested:

   You must use "make gnucash.pot" from the GnuCash build system to
   regenerate the POTfile.  You cannot do it by hand.

However, trying that apparently did nothing:

/home/evansl/download/gnucash/2.4.11/build/po $ make gnucash.pot
make: `gnucash.pot' is up to date.
/home/evansl/download/gnucash/2.4.11/build/po $

So, what do I do to get `make check` to complete?



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