autotools.bbclass: Fix m4 file race

Submitted by Richard Purdie on Aug. 3, 2011, 3:14 p.m. | Patch ID: 9101


Message ID 1312384476.2344.679.camel@rex
State New, archived
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Richard Purdie Aug. 3, 2011, 3:14 p.m.
If something removes .m4 files from the aclocal directory whilst aclocal is
running it gets upset. To avoid this we need to take a copy of the aclocal
directory and build against this instead.

[YOCTO #861]

Signed-off-by: Richard Purdie <>

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diff --git a/meta/classes/autotools.bbclass b/meta/classes/autotools.bbclass
index e5c13ae..8f65b70 100644
--- a/meta/classes/autotools.bbclass
+++ b/meta/classes/autotools.bbclass
@@ -111,8 +111,13 @@  autotools_do_configure() {
 			if [ -d ${STAGING_DATADIR_NATIVE}/aclocal-$AUTOV ]; then
 				acpaths="$acpaths -I${STAGING_DATADIR_NATIVE}/aclocal-$AUTOV"
+			# The aclocal directory could get modified by other processes 
+			# uninstalling data from the sysroot. See Yocto #861 for details.
+			# We avoid this by taking a copy here and then files cannot disappear.
 			if [ -d ${STAGING_DATADIR}/aclocal ]; then
-				acpaths="$acpaths -I ${STAGING_DATADIR}/aclocal"
+				mkdir -p ${B}/aclocal-copy/
+				cp ${STAGING_DATADIR}/aclocal/* ${B}/aclocal-copy/
+				acpaths="$acpaths -I ${B}/aclocal-copy/"
 			# autoreconf is too shy to overwrite aclocal.m4 if it doesn't look
 			# like it was auto-generated.  Work around this by blowing it away