configure: error: No usable m4 in $PATH or /usr/5bin

Posted on 2002-04-09
Last Modified: 2013-12-26
I am trying to compile  the GMP library under windows 2000, using cygwin and mingW.  I know the platform is windows, but the IDE is posix.  

The full error:
checking for suitable m4... configure: error: No usable m4 in $PATH or /usr/5bin
 (see config.log for reasons).

Checking the config.log i see the last few lines are:
#define HAVE_NATIVE_mpn_hamdist 1
#define HAVE_NATIVE_M4_function 1
#define HAVE_NATIVE_mpn_popcount 1
#define HAVE_NATIVE_mpn_hamdist 1
#define HAVE_NATIVE_M4_function 1
#define HAVE_NATIVE_mpn_copyi 1
#define HAVE_NATIVE_mpn_copyd 1

configure: exit 1

I use the following command:
$ ./configure --enable-shared --disable-static -build=pentium4-pc-mingw32 CFLAG
S="-mno-cygwin -g -02 -fomit-frame-pointer -mcpu=pentiumpro"

Here's the enviroment stuff:
Proc: Pentium 4
Cygwin Path: e:\cygwin
MingW Path: e:\cygwin\bin\minw\bin
GMP Project is at: e:\cygwin\pack\gmp\gmp-4.0.1
Current $Path:
ive/c/WINNT/System32/Wbem:/cygdrive/c/Program Files/Common Files/Network Associa
tes/VirusScan Engine/4.0.xx/:/usr/bin/MinGW/bin:/pack/pw32/bin:/:/usr/bin:/cygdr
ive/e/Microsoft Visual Studio/VC98/Bin:/cygdrive/e/Microsoft Visual Studio/Commo

And just to help out a little more I am folling the instructions at:

I followed all the steps, and have tried multiple changes to the ./configure params.....

I been at this for a long time and am getting frustrated.. Any help would be appriciated.
Question by:merith
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Expert Comment

ID: 6928358
can you check with cygwin's find or with NT's built-in serach for m4.exe in the \cygdrive and e:\cygwin directory.
If you find it, add the path to the PATH environment variable of your shell

Author Comment

ID: 6928410
Didn't find an m4.exe, searched for *.m4 as well and those seem to be everywhere...
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Expert Comment

ID: 6928521
do you have just  m4
if not, your cygwin installation is incomplete

Author Comment

ID: 6928725
Well I have an m4.c,, m4.h

Those count?
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Author Comment

ID: 6928849
I'm reinstalling Cygwin right now.. will also reinstall mingw... let you know if that changes things

Author Comment

ID: 6928982
I have completely reinstalled Cygwin with no luck, still getting exact same error

Author Comment

ID: 6929059
Tired of waiting
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ahoffmann earned 200 total points
ID: 6929326
there should be a m4.exe or
m4.c, m4.h are the source files, you may try to compile it there (in the directory where you find m4.c), using the Makefile there.

AFAIK any UNIXisch m4.exe might work, try to get one at and place it in some directory of your PATH.

Tired too :-/}

Author Comment

ID: 6930122
Thanks.. I'll give it a shot just to see if I can get it too work.. giving up on if it don't

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