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autoconf and cl.exe

From: Braden McDaniel
Subject: autoconf and cl.exe
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2003 19:00:04 -0500

AC_PROG_[CC,CXX] are able to detect and use cl (the Microsoft Visual C++
compiler); but things fall apart quickly as soon as one tries to do
something  like check for a library. cl doesn't understand POSIX compiler
command line arguments, so the likes of AC_CHECK_LIB just don't work.

The Coin <> folks have solved this by using a wrapper that
translates the POSIX arguments to cl-ese. I'm wondering (1) if such a thing
as this would be considered a useful addition to autoconf itself; and (2),
if so, what kind of requirements it would need to meet (i.e., presumably it
ought to be written in sh).

Braden McDaniel <address@hidden>
Software Engineer, Object Sciences Corporation

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