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Re: dispatching

From: Noah Misch
Subject: Re: dispatching
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2005 19:42:44 -0800
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On Thu, Feb 17, 2005 at 07:53:36PM +0100, address@hidden wrote:
> Hi,
> > > Somewhere early during ./configure, the host type is checked. If it is
> > > GNU (Hurd), an ordinary build is prepared. (Checking libs, using
> > > automake-generated makefile etc.) However, if it's Linux, the behaviour
> > > changes completely: All the ordinary checks are skipped; instead of an
> > > automake-generated makefile, a simple, hand-written makefile is used,
> > > with only a couple of configuration variables substituted.
> > 
> > Autoconf does not preclude building a `configure' that behaves as you 
> > describe,
> > but it is an awkward fit.
> Sorry, not sure what you mean by "awkward fit"?

Autoconf is set of macros for building shell scripts that test features of a
system and adjust build files accordingly.  Those macros help you perform tasks
like testing for the availability of functions and headers.

Nothing in Autoconf supports doing what you have described, but since you can
include any shell commands you want in `configure', you could apply such logic
manually, and Autoconf would more or less stay out of the way.

Try it.  If you have specific problems, ask.

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