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Re: generating a configure script in a subdirectory?

From: Akim Demaille
Subject: Re: generating a configure script in a subdirectory?
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2003 09:47:22 +0100
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 > On Wed, 2003-12-17 at 10:05, Akim Demaille wrote:
 >> > But beware, autoreconf can be dangerous and doesn't always work.
 >> Why?

 > To make a long story short, some examples:

 > 1. autoreconf doesn't work if a package has not been prepared for the
 > particular version of auto*tools autoreconf is about to run.

 > i.e. you are going to trip each and every incompatibility any of the
 > auto*tools are carrying around.

 > E.g. run autoreconf on packages assuming autoconf-2.13 or libtool-1.4
 > with autoconf-2.59 rsp. libtool-1.5 installed - Im most cases the result
 > will be garbage or non-functionality.

 > (An extreme: Take the gcc source tree and try autoreconf - The result is
 > devastation ;) )

I see.

 > 2. I am still experiencing problems with autoreconf failing to run
 > autoheader in certain cases. Unfortunately I am only seeing this with
 > real-world code and have not been able to produce an isolated example.

Arg.  Thanks for explaining!

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