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GNU Automake 1.12.4 released

From: Stefano Lattarini
Subject: GNU Automake 1.12.4 released
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 13:01:56 +0200

We are pleased to announce the Automake 1.12.4 maintenance release.

This is a bug-fixing release.  First, it address some minor testsuite
weaknesses.  Second, and more important, it makes the warnings in the
'obsolete' category enabled by default in both aclocal and automake;
this way, it will be harder for projects that don't use the '-Wall'
option to be suddenly bitten by backward-incompatible changes, without
having a fair chance to be warned in advance.

See below for the detailed list of changes since Automake 1.12.4, as
summarized by the NEWS file.

Download here:

Please report bugs and problems to <address@hidden>, and send
general comments and feedback to <address@hidden>.

Thanks to everyone who has reported problems, contributed patches,
and helped testing Automake!


New in 1.12.4:

* WARNING: Future backward-incompatibilities!

  - Future versions of Automake will likely drop support for the
    long-deprecated '' name for the Autoconf input file.
    You are advised to use the recommended name '' instead.

  - Support for the "Cygnus-style" trees (as enabled by the 'cygnus'
    option) will be removed in the next major Automake release (1.13).

  - The long-obsolete (since automake 1.10) AM_PROG_MKDIR m4 macro will
    be removed in Automake 1.13.  The $(mkdir_p) make variable and the
    @mkdir_p@ substitution will still remain available (as aliases of
    $(MKDIR_P)) for the moment, for better backward compatibility.

  - Autoconf 2.65 or later will be required by the next major Automake
    version (1.13).  Until now, Automake has required Autoconf version
    2.62 or later.

  - Starting from the next major Automake version (1.13), the rules
    to build pdf, ps and dvi output from Texinfo input will use the
    '--build-dir' option by default.  Since such an option was only
    introduced in Texinfo 4.9, this means that Makefiles generated by
    future Automake versions will require at least that version of

  - Starting from the next major Automake version (1.13), the parallel
    testsuite harness (previously only enabled by the 'parallel-tests'
    option) will become the default one; the older serial testsuite
    harness will still be available through the use of the 'serial-tests'

  - The following long-obsolete m4 macros will be removed in the
    next major Automake version (1.13):

      AM_PROG_CC_STDC:    superseded by AC_PROG_CC since October 2002
      fp_PROG_CC_STDC:    broken alias for AM_PROG_CC_STDC
      fp_WITH_DMALLOC:    old alias for AM_WITH_DMALLOC
      AM_CONFIG_HEADER:   superseded by AC_CONFIG_HEADERS since July 2002
      ud_PATH_LISPDIR:    old alias for AM_PATH_LISPDIR
      ud_GNU_GETTEXT:     old alias for AM_GNU_GETTEXT
      gm_PROG_LIBTOOL:    old alias for AC_PROG_LIBTOOL
      fp_C_PROTOTYPES:    old alias for AM_C_PROTOTYPES (which was part
                          of the now-removed automatic de-ANSI-fication
                          support of Automake)

  - All the "old alias" macros in 'm4/obsolete.m4' will be removed in
    the next major Automake version (1.13).

  - The '--acdir' option of aclocal is deprecated, and will probably
    be removed in the next major Automake release (1.13).  You should
    use the options '--automake-acdir' and '--system-acdir' instead
    (which have been introduced in Automake 1.11.2).

  - The 'missing' script will not try anymore to update the timestamp
    of out-of-date files that require a maintainer-specific tool to be
    remade, in case the user lacks such a tool (or has a too-old version
    of it).  In fact, starting from Automake 1.13, all it'll do will be
    giving more useful warnings than a bare "command not found" from a
    make recipe would.

* Warnings and deprecations:

  - Warnings in the 'obsolete' category are enabled by default both in
    automake and aclocal.

* Miscellaneous changes:

  - Some testsuite weaknesses and spurious failures have been fixed.

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