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Re: @docdir@ and others unimplemented in (autoconf) 2.59

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: @docdir@ and others unimplemented in (autoconf) 2.59
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2006 19:27:17 -0600

    So, in my opinion, these last 8 dirs here + pdfdir and psdir should be 
    removed from the standards until they're available with a stable version 
    of GNU Autoconf.

Hmm.  I see your point, but the autotools developers and I worked hard
to get those variables specified; the idea was that standards.texi
defined what will be implemented.  We weren't at all sure that rms would
approve the notion or if he would want changes, etc.

Also, I have the feeling that various other items in the standards are
implemented imperfectly, so it wouldn't make sense to generally take out
everything until it was implemented.  I agree it's unfortunate that this
particular mismatch is especially unfortunate, and the standards
could/should warn about it.  I'll see if I can do something about that.

BTW, some of the non-doc variables you listed are definitely expanded
already, for instance, @srcdir@ is basic.

(I wonder when the next Autoconf might be released.)


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