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ANN: aclocal-archive 0.4.3
ANN: aclocal-archive 0.4.3
Thu, 29 Mar 2001 11:26:27 +0200
I have been updating my aclocal backpacker package, renaming it
to "aclocal-archive". Now it can create some rpm files for binary
distribution of aclocal macros for your convenience too. I would
like to have some comments on the usefulness of the aclocal-archive,
idea and I would like to know if some people want to share it,
in which case I could possibly go and open up a CVS area for it. Note,
that a autoconf-archive.tar.gz could be created from such a cvs area
too, not just the native aclocal-archive-xxx.tar.gz tarball.
TIA, rgds, guido
If you did not know about this package before, here's the README:
autoconf extensions that go into /usr/share/aclocal/ directory.
This dir is searched for macros with the `aclocal` program.
Installs also the macros found in the autoconf-archive.tar.gz
create a new subdirectory for your own macros that you use in
your projects and place your m4 files in there, then add this
directory to the automake-variable in Makefile.am. You get
a few makefile rules:
configure - detect actual share/aclocal dir, and the m4 files available
make dist - create a new snapshot of all m4-files availabe, as a tarball
make install - install all m4-files in share/aclocal
make doc - create html-files in the format of cryp.to/autoconf-archive
make install-doc - install html-files along with an index.html
make pack - create autoconf-archive.tar.gz from uppercased subdirs
make unpack - implant a cryp.to/autoconf-archive snapshot
make rpm - copy tarball to packages/SOURCES and build rpms
make pack-doc - create html just like the cryp.to/autoconf-archive
make install-pack-doc - install only the official macro site docs
add your m4-files subdir spec to ACLOCALS_ARCHIVE definition at the
top of the Makefile.am. Other files should be added to EXTRA_DIST.
The configure script will make a `find . -name \*.m4` so that all
m4 files are detected and installed, the automake-variable is only
used for `make dist`, so you can create a subdir with files that
shall not be distributed in your tarball.
The primary goal is to help developers to seperate their m4 files
out from the projects, and make them easily reusable not only
for a number of projects - a `make dist` snapshot can be easily
transferred across network boundaries, and a `make install` will
update the m4-files available to `aclocal`.
As a hint, you can compile autoconf and install it somewhere
in your local non-root home-directory paths, the configure
script of this package will detect the aclocal-dir from the
`aclocal` program available, and install the m4-files in your
home's share/aclocal extensions directory.
last not least, to use it properly, update the version number
from time to time in the aclocal-archive.spec - the configure
script will derive the PACKAGE/VERSION defs from there.
This is a preview, it is only announced to the autoconf mailinglist
for discussion. The files are currently hosted side by side to
the http://pfe.sourceforge.net project release-files which is
of course not the right place. To download, have a look at
for fils called "aclocal-archive-*"
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