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Re: nmap4.85beta10 on Mac OS X 10.3.9
From: Daniel Roethlisberger <daniel () roe ch>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2009 18:03:43 +0200

Daniel Johnson <daniel.johnson31 () gmail com> 2009-06-24:
On Jun 24, 2009, at 6:41 AM, sergej wrote:
i can only send you last few lines of the configure script's output  
where the problem occurs, the patch however is beyond my knowledge..

Compiling libpcre
cd . && /bin/sh /Users/xenon/Desktop/nmap-4.85BETA10/missing --run  
autoheader
aclocal.m4:20: warning: this file was generated for autoconf 2.63.
You have another version of autoconf.  It may work, but is not  
guaranteed to.
If you have problems, you may need to regenerate the build system  
entirely.
To do so, use the procedure documented by the package, typically  
`autoreconf'.
configure.ac:17: error: Autoconf version 2.60 or higher is required
aclocal.m4:475: AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE is expanded from...
configure.ac:17: the top level
autom4te: /usr/bin/gm4 failed with exit status: 1
autoheader: /usr/bin/autom4te failed with exit status: 1
make[1]: *** [config.h.in] Error 1
make: *** [pcre_build] Error 2
[1]    24827 exit 2     make

make: *** No rule to make target `libpcre/libpcre.a', needed by  
`nmap'.  Stop.
[1]    25167 exit 2     sudo make install


Thanks,
Sergej

Mac OS X 10.3 comes with really old versions of autoconf and automake.  
You'll need to install recent versions of those utilities.

In theory, a release tarball should come with up-to-date
configure script and Makefiles and should require neither
autoconf nor automake to build and install Nmap.  So personally,
I'd consider this a bug in the release tarball.

(Building from subversion is of course a different matter.)

-- 
Daniel Roethlisberger
http://daniel.roe.ch/

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