The latest cvs version of gimp include checks for recent versions of
auto[conf|make]. It seems that these tests are wrong, at least on my box:
I am testing that you have the required versions of autoconf, automake
and gettext. This test is not foolproof, so if anything goes wrong,
see the file HACKING for more information...
expr: syntax error
too old! (Need 2.13, have 2.14
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