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Re: branch-1_4 cannot build Autoconf 2.59 any more

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: branch-1_4 cannot build Autoconf 2.59 any more
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 14:03:54 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.17+20080114 (2008-01-14)

* Eric Blake wrote on Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 01:54:16PM CET:
> According to Eric Blake on 3/24/2008 6:08 AM:
> | | This isn't sufficient
> |
> | With the typo corrected, I get no difference on your simple example.
> I had been wavering for some time, but you have finally given me the
> clinching argument.  The next release of M4 will be called 1.6, and not
> 1.4.11, since this (intentional) change in behavior breaks out-of-the-box
> installation of autoconf 2.59.

Good idea.  It is just a wee bit ugly that branch-1_4 ends with an
unusable release.

> It also gives more pressure for releasing
> autoconf 2.62 - I hope to do so this weekend (with the older GPLv2+ plus
> exception licensing used in 2.61, unless a miracle happens and the FSF
> lawyers give us the okay on wording for GPLv3+ plus exception this week).

I'm fine with that, too, postponing everything that might still be open.
What I'd like to do until then is get the AM_COND_IF mess sorted out
(so that lib/autom4te.cfg is in shape for the next Automake) and
investige the Autoconf build failure I saw on MinGW with M4-1.4.10.

Just to be sure, "this weekend" is the March 29 one, right?

> I'm installing this to the M4 NEWS file.  Should I also push a patch to
> the autoconf repository branched off of 2.59, to provide a gitweb URL to
> the minimal patch to lib/m4sugar/m4sugar.m4 which is required to get 2.59
> to build with newer M4?

Good idea.


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