[gmx-users] Automake problem during installation 4.5.7

Justin Lemkul jalemkul at vt.edu
Wed Jul 5 14:55:51 CEST 2017

On 7/4/17 11:56 PM, CHEN, Yu Wai [ABCT] wrote:
> Dear all,
> I am trying to install 4.5.7 (because I need to use a forcefield which is for 4.5.X) with MPI on our system 

Any force field that is in the format of version 4.5 is compatible with all 
newer GROMACS versions.  I recommend that you don't try to install antiquated 
and unsupported software.  Old code on newer hardware, with newer compilers 
rarely works.  Try the latest version of GROMACS.


here which runs Scientific Linux 6.3. I managed to do some SETENV to get the 
library and include paths set up, and
> configure finished without issues. But when I tried to do "make", it gives me errors:
> ./configure: line 2050: syntax error near unexpected token `tar-ustar'
> ./configure: line 2050: `AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE(tar-ustar)'
> make: *** [config.status] Error 2
> I searched on the internet, someone asked the same question in 2013; an answer suggested to comment out the AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE(tar-ustar) line in configure.ac which I tried but did not work; i.e. led to other automake problems.
> Can someone help me? Thanks.
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