How to override which autoconf is used?

David Holmes david.holmes at
Fri Mar 8 05:06:15 UTC 2013

My build machine has autoconf 2.68 in /usr/bin but others use 2.67. This 
means we keep getting differences in that are not 
related to actual changes.

So I put the 2.67 version of autoconf first in my path:

  > which autoconf
  > autoconf -V
autoconf (GNU Autoconf) 2.67

but when I run (which simply calls "autoconf") the resulting 
file has:

#! /bin/sh
# Guess values for system-dependent variables and create Makefiles.
# Generated by GNU Autoconf 2.68 for OpenJDK jdk8.


How can I use 2.67 without having to actually downgrade it on a shared 
build machine ? :(

I've even tried copying autom4te to ~/bin and hacking the scripts 
directly. But I still get autoconf 2.68 ??? Makes no sense.


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