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Re: /package support

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: /package support
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2002 01:05:32 -0800 (PST)

> Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2002 19:49:08 +0100
> From: Stefan Karrmann <address@hidden>
> User-Agent: Mutt/1.3.27i
> Does autoconf support /package (see

That depend on what you mean by "support".  It doesn't prohibit
/package, but it doesn't go out of its way to help either.

Suppose, for example, that an Autoconf-generated "configure" finds a
package on the installer's machine at compile-time, which is not
available on the run-time machine, and is not explicitly listed as a
run-time dependency.  The program won't work.  Is that Autoconf's
fault?  Should Autoconf help out on this?  As far as I know, nobody
has really thought about these issues.  Someone who likes /package
will have to volunteer to do the hard slogging, I'm afraid.

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