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Re: branch-1_4 cannot build Autoconf 2.59 any more

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: branch-1_4 cannot build Autoconf 2.59 any more
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 07:10:24 -0600
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According to Ralf Wildenhues on 3/24/2008 7:03 AM:
| Good idea.  It is just a wee bit ugly that branch-1_4 ends with an
| unusable release.

OK, you've convinced me (or else I must be in a conceding mood this
morning) - I'm releasing M4 1.4.11 this week, with only a single
behavioral patch above and beyond 1.4.10 (ie., no speedups from argv_ref,
just the fopen(name,"a+") bug fix).  Any preferences on whether M4 or
autoconf should come first?

| I'm fine with that, too, postponing everything that might still be open.
| What I'd like to do until then is get the AM_COND_IF mess sorted out
| (so that lib/autom4te.cfg is in shape for the next Automake) and
| investige the Autoconf build failure I saw on MinGW with M4-1.4.10.
| Just to be sure, "this weekend" is the March 29 one, right?

Yes, unless you need more time on the AM_COND_IF stuff.  I'll try looking
into the MinGW failure, but I'm not sure how long it will take me to
reproduce it (I don't normally build in MinGW; rather, I tend to
cross-compile with cygwin as host and mingw as target).

|> I'm installing this to the M4 NEWS file.  Should I also push a patch to
|> the autoconf repository branched off of 2.59, to provide a gitweb URL to
|> the minimal patch to lib/m4sugar/m4sugar.m4 which is required to get 2.59
|> to build with newer M4?
| Good idea.

That will come later today.  I guess I'll have to tag it to make it easy
to find from gitweb.

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