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From: Russ Allbery
Subject: Re: Why AC_C_CHAR_UNSIGNED?
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 17:15:51 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.2 (gnu/linux)

Bob Friesenhahn <address@hidden> writes:

> It seems that we are still not quite communicating.  Each major OS has
> independent package maintainers (often many tens of maintainers) who
> usually have nothing to do with the original packge maintainer/developer
> and are not in the habit of asking permission or making themselves
> known.  The package author can be dead and buried and they will still
> function.  A common task is to replace the autotools delivered with the
> package with versions prescribed by the OS package maintenance team so
> that all of the packages in the OS release are consistent.  Often
> various patches are applied in advance.

> This common scenario should be considered whenever an autotools feature
> is deprecated.

Surely someone who does this for a package should be looking at the
warnings produced by Autoconf and make appropriate updates to the package
code at the same time.

Russ Allbery (address@hidden)             <>

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