Right now you have to have either 1.9 or 1.10 to build at-spi2-core. openSUSE has moved to 1.11 for 11.2 and I'd assume other distributions will as well if they haven't already.
sshaw@stshaw:~/code/at-spi2-core> automake --version
automake (GNU automake) 1.11
Copyright (C) 2009 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
License GPLv2+: GNU GPL version 2 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
Written by Tom Tromey <email@example.com>
and Alexandre Duret-Lutz <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
sshaw@stshaw:~/code/at-spi2-core> sh autogen.sh
checking for autoconf >= 2.53...
testing autoconf2.50... not found.
testing autoconf... found 2.63
checking for automake >= 1.9...
testing automake-1.10... not found.
testing automake-1.9... not found.
***Error***: You must have automake >= 1.9 installed
to build Package. Download the appropriate package for
from your distribution or get the source tarball at
The autogen scripts were updated on Oct 28th commits:
74e9ee1f9a1f808efde0d0e2470b04342a116d7a - at-spi2-atk
2ac0b99a4a50312190c953c75981d58c3 - at-spi2-core
57c036bd9bdfedeb16ea70a2e36e8e47fe9d1e9e - pyatspi2
The new scripts allow the use of automake 1.11.