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I just cloned the latest varnish git-repository to try and apply an enhancement (from git://

All the dependencies listed on the website have been installed.

I run the following commands: ./ -> works fine

./configure -> works fine too

make -> fails with the following error:

(cd .libs && rm -f && ln -s ../
You need rst2man installed to make dist
make[3]: *** [vmod_std.3] Error 1
make[3]: Leaving directory `/tmp/varnish-cache/lib/libvmod_std'
make[2]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[2]: Leaving directory `/tmp/varnish-cache/lib'
make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/tmp/varnish-cache'
make: *** [all] Error 2

I have tried installing rst2man but it cannot be found since it's a virtual package?:

apt-get install rst2man
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Couldn't find package rst2man

Then I tried installing the python-docutils but that also did not solve the issue.

Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks in advance...


Commands I have ran after reading the answer:

I rebooted (first git clone is now gone since it was located in the /tmp directory)

cd /usr/share/
git clone git://
apt-get install python-docutils

=> Same error ;)

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After you installed python-docutils successfully make sure you clean the varnish sourcetree configuration cache and run configure again. make will then have what he needs (rst2man program, that is)

made a test. ran configure/make without rst2man, got the error. after installing python-docutils, I ran again configure which went fine, snip:

eu-we1:~/tmp/Varnish-Cache# ./configure |grep rst
checking whether the shell understands some XSI constructs... yes
checking whether the shell understands "+="... yes
checking for rst2man... rst2man
checking for rst2html... rst2html
configure: WARNING: libedit not found, disabling libedit support
configure: WARNING: won't look for sendfile() on i686-pc-linux-gnu

make ran OK , exit code = 0 I guess you just need to make sure rst2man and probably rst2html as well (not sure) are found by configure script. I verified with a varnish git clone .

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And how would I do that? I always do a "make clean" after it fails. Any other command I should run to clean the sourcetree configuration cache? – KennyDs Nov 10 '11 at 9:51
remove any config.cache. if you use autogen to generate the configure script then run it again. the run ./configure. finally make should find rst2man. – sysfault Nov 10 '11 at 9:53
usually make clean will remove any make generated files. if there's a make distclean target that should remove any configure generated files as well. if u remove config.cache, run again autogen,configure and make things should work ok, at least it will fix the current make error you encounter. – sysfault Nov 10 '11 at 9:55
Just ran make clean , make distclean , , configure. While running make I bump across the same error as mentioned in the question. – KennyDs Nov 10 '11 at 10:19
maybe you hit a but in the repo code. do ./configure --with-rst2man=/usr/bin/rst2man --with-rst2html=/usr/bin/rst2html or ./configure --without-rst2man --without-rst2html – sysfault Nov 10 '11 at 10:26

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