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Re: How to work around a missing library function?

From: Christian Egli
Subject: Re: How to work around a missing library function?
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2009 11:31:55 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.91 (gnu/linux)

"Dr. David Kirkby" <address@hidden> writes:
> The person who wrote the software is not using autoconf, but I've
> offered to convert it to autoconf, as his 'Configure' script has not
> worked well for use in the Sage project, and peoples attempts to hack
> it to work have been less than successful too.
That's of course a political question and I can feel your pain. My
recommendation is to start small, show real benefit from your changes
and if possible do one step at a time building up trust with the main
developer. As soon as you have autoolified the project, gnulib
integration should be fairly easy.

> The library had various macros, which will only complicate things. I
> really do want to keep this as simple as possible, as I fear otherwise
> he will abandon the autoconf/automake approach, and go back to his
> Configure' script, which works well for him.
Show him that an autotooled project works very well for the users on
various platforms.


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