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Re: proposal to fork the build-tools projects

From: Peter Eisentraut
Subject: Re: proposal to fork the build-tools projects
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 18:18:39 +0200 (CEST)

Tom Lord writes:

> But to _extend_ with new features or simpler approaches: that's where,
> for example, depending on GNU Make can make a world of difference.

So you're talking about Automake.  I agree, Automake's attempts at
portability are nuts.  But for the bootstrap packages you wouldn't even
need a "bootstrap branch" of Automake: you can just supply a shell script
that issues the build commands.

But what were your thoughts on Autoconf?  Autoconf isn't going to benefit
greatly from assuming, say, a strict POSIX environment.  You could use
shell functions, but I don't see how that would make anything easier.

Peter Eisentraut   address@hidden

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