> Well, AC_ERLANG_PATH_ERL and AC_ERLANG_PATH_ERLC could be done with AC_PATH_PROG, right?
Yes, but I think the wrappers add a few conveniences.
> AC_ERLANG_SUBST_INSTALL_LIB_SUBDIR seems to just trying to figure out the correct place to install, framewerk does this by calling out to erlang and asking it where it should install things.
The autoconf docs used to (incorrectly) say that this macro did that too, but it doesn't. I guess the install location might be different from the location of the version you use to build.
> Anyway, I'm sure these sort of tricks won't convince you to get things working with 2.59, but figured I'd put them out there as alternatives.
Kind of. If you just want to build a release, this won't affect you. If you want to build trunk, you can just download an instant release. If you actually want to develop Thrift, it shouldn't be too hard to just install autoconf in your homedir.