[Gluster-devel] python version

Kaleb S. KEITHLEY kkeithle at redhat.com
Mon May 14 14:17:12 UTC 2012

On 05/13/2012 10:42 AM, Emmanuel Dreyfus wrote:
> Hi
> There is a problem with python version detection in the configure
> script. The machine on which autotools is ran prior releasing glusterfs
> expands AM_PATH_PYTHON into a script that fails to accept python>  2.4.
> As I understand, a solution is to concatenate latest
> automake-1.12/m4/python.m4 into glusterfs' aclocal.m4. That way python
> up to 3.1 should be accepted. Opinions?

The aclocal.m4 file is produced when (/usr/bin/)aclocal is invoked by 
./autogen.sh file in preparation for building gluster. (You have to run 
autogen.sh to produce the ./configure file.)

aclocal uses whatever python.m4 file you have on your system, e.g. 
/usr/share/aclocal-1.11/python.m4, which is also from the automake package.

I presume whoever packages automake for a particular system is taking 
into consideration what other packages and versions are standard for the 
system and picks right version of automake. IOW picks the version of 
automake that has all the (hard-coded) versions of python to match the 
python they have on their system.

If someone has installed a later version of python and not also updated 
to a compatible version of automake, that's not a problem that gluster 
should have to solve, or even try to solve. I don't believe we want to 
require our build process to download the latest-and-greatest version of 

As a side note, I sampled a few currently shipping systems and see that 
the automake shipped with/for Fedora 16 and 17, FreeBSD 8.2 and 8.3, and 
NetBSD 5.1.2, is automake-1.11, which has all the appearances of 
supporting python 2.5 (and 3.0).

Finally, after all that, note that the configure.ac file appears to be 
hard-coded to require python 2.x, so if anyone is trying to use python 
3.x, that's doomed to fail until configure.ac is "fixed." Do we even 
know why python 2.x is required and why python 3.x can't be used?



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