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dnl AS_AC_EXPAND(VAR, CONFIGURE_VAR)
dnl
dnl example
dnl AS_AC_EXPAND(SYSCONFDIR, $sysconfdir)
dnl will set SYSCONFDIR to /usr/local/etc if prefix=/usr/local

AC_DEFUN([AS_AC_EXPAND],
[
  EXP_VAR=[$1]
  FROM_VAR=[$2]

  dnl first expand prefix and exec_prefix if necessary
  prefix_save=$prefix
  exec_prefix_save=$exec_prefix

  dnl if no prefix given, then use /usr/local, the default prefix
  if test "x$prefix" = "xNONE"; then
    prefix=$ac_default_prefix
  fi
  dnl if no exec_prefix given, then use prefix
  if test "x$exec_prefix" = "xNONE"; then
    exec_prefix=$prefix
  fi

  full_var="$FROM_VAR"
  dnl loop until it doesn't change anymore
  while true; do
    new_full_var="`eval echo $full_var`"
    if test "x$new_full_var"="x$full_var"; then break; fi
    full_var=$new_full_var
  done

  dnl clean up
  full_var=$new_full_var
  AC_SUBST([$1], "$full_var")

  dnl restore prefix and exec_prefix
  prefix=$prefix_save
  exec_prefix=$exec_prefix_save
])