[Pdns-users] [recursor] configure could be more user-friendly

Stephane Bortzmeyer bortzmeyer at nic.fr
Wed May 26 06:45:16 UTC 2010

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./configure is not very helpful when it cannot find a library. For
instance, if Boost is not found (because it is in /usr/pkg):

% ./configure
Testing dependencies and compiler.
Using gmake to build
g++  -Wall -O3  -pthread -MM -MG *.cc *.c *.hh > dep
g++  -Wall -O3  -pthread  pdns_hw.cc -o pdns_hw 
pdns_hw.cc:1:34: error: boost/lexical_cast.hpp: No such file or directory
pdns_hw.cc:2:43: error: boost/multi_index_container.hpp: No such file or directory
pdns_hw.cc:3:47: error: boost/multi_index/ordered_index.hpp: No such file or directory
pdns_hw.cc:4:44: error: boost/tuple/tuple_comparison.hpp: No such file or directory
pdns_hw.cc:5:48: error: boost/multi_index/key_extractors.hpp: No such file or directory
pdns_hw.cc:6:49: error: boost/multi_index/sequenced_index.hpp: No such file or directory
pdns_hw.cc: In function 'int main()':
pdns_hw.cc:17: error: 'boost' has not been declared
pdns_hw.cc:17: error: expected primary-expression before '>' token
pdns_hw.cc:17: error: invalid operands of types 'const char [1]' and 'const char [2]' to binary 'operator<<'
gmake: [basic_checks] Error 1 (ignored)

Instead of something like, more common among free Unix programs:

Cannot find the Boost library <http://boost.org/>. If it is installed, use --with-boost

I cannot even use --help to find documentation, it yields the same
error message.

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