error: Autoconf version 2.68 or higher is required on CentOS – How to Fix

By | February 14, 2019

When you try compiling some software (in my case it was ImageMagick), you can get this error:

error: Autoconf version 2.68 or higher is required

It means you have probably never updated autoconf on your system. It’s quite easy to fix this in some clear steps:

  1. Download the latest version of autoconf available – for me it was 2.69, which can be found at its official page
    wget http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/autoconf/autoconf-latest.tar.gz
  2. Extract it to any folder:
    tar xzvf autoconf-latest.tar.gz;
    cd autoconf-2.69
  3. Run the usual sequence of commands to compile it from source (of course, you should be root to do that):

    ./configure
    make
    make install

That’s all! Pretty easy, and now you’re ready to continue with your initial installation.

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