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Re: A better autogen.sh [was Re: Still unable to build trunk]

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: A better autogen.sh [was Re: Still unable to build trunk]
Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2011 14:51:23 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

>> But if people can arrange Emacs's build so that it doesn't require a
>> pre-build configure and yet is still easy to install under something
>> like Debian stable, I could change my mind. It might even be a good
>> change if it can help users figure out which packages need to be
>> installed (autotools, header files, ...).
> I'm not entirely sure what you want,

I'm glad, because I don't either, so otherwise it would be creepy.

> but here is an attempt at a hand-holding autogen.sh.  Tested on RHEL4
> and 5, Debian testing, and some old version of Solaris.  I would also
> update INSTALL.BZR.

Looks like a good proposal, thanks.

> The idea is, people would run autogen.sh the first time they checkout
> from bzr. Subsequently, I assume the Makefiles are already correctly
> set-up such that eg configure will be recreated if necessary. This might
> require enable-maintainer-mode to be on by default in bzr checkouts, and
> disabled in release tarfiles; I don't know.

That'd be the idea, yes.
What do people think of it?


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