Problem with Expect, BOOK-6.1-testing-20050105

Jeremy Huntwork jhuntwork at
Tue Jan 11 20:09:33 PST 2005

Jens Olav Nygaard wrote:
> Sorry for the noise... But I think I found the problem: Must build
> Expect inside the Tcl-directory. Making the softlink made it compile
> and install, but apparently with bogus results.
> When done from inside it works as it should, it seems, so far...
> Conclusion: Maybe this should be mentioned in the book, in the
> chapter for building expect, chapter 5.10.

I also encountered some trouble with Expect when building the current 
testing branch. The problem is that --with-tcl doesn't work anymore to 
locate the tcl source directory. Looking briefly through expect's 
configure script it looks like it *should* find it, but it's not.  I 
found a temporary solution, adding this line to the configure script:


Don't have time to verify right at the moment what the real cause for 
the failure is yet, just wanted to confirm this with anyone else that 
encountered the problem.

Jeremy Huntwork

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