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Re: Perl vs Scheme vs ML vs ... for autoconf

From: Russ Allbery
Subject: Re: Perl vs Scheme vs ML vs ... for autoconf
Date: 10 Apr 2001 11:30:38 -0700
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Akim Demaille <address@hidden> writes:

> I have been frightened by the number of problems we had with the
> different AWKs and seds.  I'm tired of the need to rewrite everything n
> times, n being the number of .sh in Autoconf.  Tim is fighting n times
> with portability issues for DJGPP for things as simple as sed-based
> basename, which is something coming for free with Perl.

This may be a really bizarre, off-the-wall idea, but for at least some of
that stuff, it's also used in autoconf scripts, right?  So there are
autoconf macros that generate some of the portable shell gunk that's also
needed by the driver scripts, yes?

Is there any way that the driver scripts could be generated using M4 so
that all the portability junk can be hidden, just like autoconf lets the
end user do for the configure script?

Russ Allbery (address@hidden)             <>

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