Problems with am_edit

Alexandros Karypidis karypid at
Thu May 27 11:35:31 BST 2004

I know the basics of automake but had never heard of am_edit. From what 
I've found on the web, my understanding is that it patches makefiles by 
creating proper rules for auto-generated sources.

Anyway, my problem is that I have an application written with KDevelop, 
which I've been messing around with for a while in order to learn a few 
things about the KDE API. "make dist" now fails with:

cd . && perl admin/am_edit -padmin
Can't open perl script "admin/am_edit": No such file or directory
make[1]: *** [dist-hook] Error 2

This used to work in the past (actually there was a menu choice in the 
build menu which I can no longer locate and am therefore running this 
manually), but somewhere along my line of updates it ended up being 

I then tried doing this: created a brand new project (Simple KDE 
Application) and ran "make dist" on it. Same thing. What gives?

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is. -- Yogi Berra.

Alexandros Karypidis
University of Thessaly
Computer & Communications Engineering dept.

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