PATCH build errors on Ubuntu 10.04

Michael Meeks michael.meeks at
Wed Feb 8 06:47:21 PST 2012

On Wed, 2012-02-08 at 15:11 +0200, Noel Grandin wrote:
> On 2012-02-08 14:54, Rene Engelhard wrote:
> > Seriously, if someone can't install doxygen when configure errors out 
> > because doxygen is not there...
> The list of things to do for building LO is pretty steep for a first 
> timer.  Individually it may not seem like much, but when you've gone 
> back to searching wiki pages and google for the 20th time, it gets 
> frustrating

	Right ! and that sucks. So - I wonder, could we make the error message
more helpful in this failure case:

	"You don't have doxygen, please either install it or pass;
	 --without-doxygen [or similar]. Disabling it will not
	 impact your build, unless it is a product build"

	If we are too difficult for newbies to build, this is a big problem,
and not one to take lightly.

	Of course, we don't want to accidentally break distro packages by
adapting to an incomplete system either.

	Potentially we could auto-fit to the system more aggressively to help
newbies, but fail aggressively on missing packages if some
--enable-product (or whatever) option is passed. Perhaps that might
capture the best of both worlds (?).



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