I was ./configure'd the qemu-1.4.0 and during make it cause:

(cd /home/amin/Simulate/qemu-1.4.0/pixman; autoreconf -v --install)
/bin/sh: 1: autoreconf: not found
make: *** [/home/amin/Simulate/qemu-1.4.0/pixman/configure] Error 127

Now, I can't find how to pass this error.


  • this exact question came up at a hackathon I went to a few months ago. It was useful not just online. idk, im feeling nostalgic.
    – j0h
    Jul 19 '20 at 3:18

I just had this problem myself, and the solution I found in reading the autoconf manual which states autoreconf runs autoconf which I did not have installed.

sudo apt-get install autoconf

and the autogen script I am using now works.


Maybe you can try installing dh-autoconf package.

sudo apt-get install dh-autoconf
  • 4
    All you need it autoreconf, dh-* packages are only needed when using debhelper (for packaging .debs)
    – Lekensteyn
    Mar 18 '13 at 9:32
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    in 13.04 it seems to be sudo apt-get install autoconf (without the "re")
    – einSelbst
    Sep 29 '13 at 20:11
  • @einSelbst Thanks a lot! Your comment is very useful for 13.04 :D
    – Blaze Tama
    Oct 17 '13 at 9:26
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    autoconf in 14.04 also !
    – Z. Zlatev
    Aug 3 '16 at 10:01
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    Can confirm this works in 16.04
    – Odyssee
    Nov 2 '17 at 19:39

I used to search for package first:

# apt-cache search autoreconf
   autoconf2.13 - automatic configure script builder (obsolete version)
   dh-autoreconf - debhelper add-on to call autoreconf and clean up after the build

Then install what I need:

# apt-get install dh-autoreconf
  • 1
    Actually, you need both <code>autoconf</code> and then <dh-autoreconf>, in case you do not have both of em'.
    – soufrk
    Aug 18 '16 at 8:02
  • soufrk, any details ? Here is guide: qemu-buch.de/de/index.php?title=QEMU-KVM-Buch/… , nothing about necessity to install autoconf Aug 18 '16 at 15:31
  • 2
    This should be the answer.
    – Huan
    Aug 29 '19 at 3:34

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