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Re: RFE: configure -> dependency list on exit.

From: Stepan Kasal
Subject: Re: RFE: configure -> dependency list on exit.
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2005 08:32:21 +0100
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On Tue, Mar 01, 2005 at 02:16:53PM -0800, Paul Eggert wrote:
> Stepan Kasal <address@hidden> writes:
> > ------------------------------
> > Prints a message and saves it for later usage.
> My main comment is that the suggestion should be generalized.

Genearlly speaking, I proposed more specific macros to make them
look simpler to encouradge usage.  (Of course they can be
implemented over a more general layer.)

Your suggestion could also work, if properly explained in the

> Users should be able to append arbitrary messages, not just
> suggestions for particular packages.

Sure, but the main point is to encouradge them to mention packages there.
They can abuse it to say AC_MSG_NEED(MTA, you need sendmail or postfix)
or we can add another macro for general messages.

> AC_MSG_NOTICE([Suggestion for foo: grab the latest foo from], 1)
>   [Suggestion for libxy --with graphs: get libxy from], 1)

You changed the formulation; it doesn't have the meaning I imagined.
I wanted to say:
"I suggest you to install package foo, which can be grabbed from,
in order to proceed with this build."
"I suggest you to install package libxy, available from,
in order to proceed with this --with-graphs build.  Alternativelym you
can settle with --without-graphs."

> As a nicety, notices at the end could be sorted by numeric value of
> the priority number.

Please note that my proposal contained other niceties:

  foo           grab the latest foo from
  bar           grab the latest bar from
(for --with-graphs):
  libxy         use the latest xy library from

1) the text is printed twice, first as a NOTICE, and second at the end.
2) at the end there is only one header "Suggestions:", followed by the
list of packages.

But yes, this can be implemented on top of AC_MSG_NOTICE/2 or

Have a nice day,

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