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Re: GSoC project idea: non-recursive automake project

From: Nick Bowler
Subject: Re: GSoC project idea: non-recursive automake project
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 15:09:17 -0400
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On 2011-03-19 12:07 +0100, Ralf Wildenhues wrote:
> Maybe such a proposal could be enhanced to avoid having not enough work:
> This way the student will not get bored.  However, it might be harder
> to define specific goals to achieve, or to define success in the end.

I have two suggestions which could be part of a GSoC project about
non-recursive automake.  I have no idea what the scope of these are.

  * Modify automake so that package authors can specify source files
    more easily in a non-recursive setup.  Currently, the full path from
    the top of the source tree must be specified for every source file.
    Some ideas for how to go about this can be found in the mailing list

    A successful solution here should allow a project with a
    well-written, non-recursive to rearrange their
    directory structure while only requiring relatively minor
    changes to
  * Modify gnulib so that it can be easily integrated into a
    non-recursive automake setup.  One could look to libltdl for
    inspiration here.

Nick Bowler, Elliptic Technologies (

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