Actually, in my experience, this is automake's fault, not autoconf.
If I have automake 1.6 with autoconf 2.53, I do not get these errors.
But, with automake 1.5, and the same autoconf, I do get the errors.

At any rate, they are just warnings, and do not appear to prevent things
from working....   Though, please tell me if it's different for you.

The updated macros are necessary in order to be compatible with RedHat 8.0,
the old macros wouldn't even compile on that system...   the problem is
that autoconf/automake/libtool (one of those, anyway) broke it's backward
compatibility.   I felt it was better to support the new versions and make
CVS users upgrade their software, rather than have it unbuildable on a
newer system.

Here's the original thread (from November) in the archives:

It should perhaps be noted that this does not affect "releases" of tn5250,
it only affects those building from CVS.

On Wed, 5 Feb 2003, James Rich wrote:
> when I run I get the following two errors:
> warning: do not use m4_patsubst: use patsubst or
> m4_bpatsubst
> warning: do not use m4_regexp: use regexp or m4_bregexp
> I suppose my version of autoconf may not be new enough (autoconf (GNU
> Autoconf) 2.53).

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