[tex-live] problem with ../configure --datarootdir=...

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Mon Mar 17 20:28:00 CET 2008

On 17 Mar 2008, at 6:56 pm, Peter Münster wrote:

> On Fri, Mar 07 2008, Karl Berry wrote:
>>     ../configure --datarootdir=... seems to be broken:
>> Well, --datarootdir is a rather recent (on our time scales :)  
>> invention.
>> We have a hacked ncurses and it is so minimally used in TL I don't
>> really want to update it; I'd rather remove it.  I'll see about doing
>> that, or having it simply ignore the option.
> Thanks for your recent commit to support datarootdir in ncurses.
> I'm sorry, but here comes the next one:
> === configuring in icu-xetex (/tmp/texlive-work/Build/source/work/ 
> libs/icu-xetex)
> configure: running /bin/sh ../../../libs/icu-xetex/configure '-- 
> prefix=/tmp/prefix'  '--with-system-ncurses'
> '--with-system-pnglib' '--with-system-t1lib' '--with-system-zlib'  
> '--with-system-gd' '--with-system-freetype2'
> '--with-system-icu' '--with-system-freetype' '--disable- 
> multiplatform' '--datarootdir=/tmp/prefix'
> '--enable-tetex-build' '--enable-static' --cache-file=/dev/null -- 
> srcdir=../../../libs/icu-xetex
> configure: error: unrecognized option: --datarootdir=/tmp/prefix
> Try `../../../libs/icu-xetex/configure --help' for more information.
> configure: error: ../../../libs/icu-xetex/configure failed for icu- 
> xetex
> configure: error: ../../libs/configure failed for libs

Does a standard ICU build support --datarootdir?

I'd be pretty reluctant to interfere with any of the stuff that we  
are importing directly from the ICU repository; that sounds like a  
path to maintenance nightmares. What's in libs/icu-xetex comes  
directly from their repository, with some code patches to support  
extensions that xetex needs, but the build stuff is untouched.

Maybe you can submit a patch to support --datarootdir to the ICU  
project (see <http://bugs.icu-project.org/trac/>). If it gets  
integrated there, we'll inherit it in TL next time I merge a new  


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