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Re: [CFT] Shell functionization patch (if you don't know what that means

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: [CFT] Shell functionization patch (if you don't know what that means, it's faster Autoconf and leaner configure scripts)
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2008 20:51:18 -0600
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According to Tom Browder on 10/26/2008 5:38 PM:
> That sounds like a good thing to me!  Somehow I was able to get
> autoconf (2.61) to use bash functions in my  Was that a
> lucky thing somehow?
> Any chance of getting (autoconf < > configure) to be able
> to use a Perl script if a macro finds suitable evidence of a modern
> Perl capability?

Autoconf already uses perl to convert into configure.  I
think you are asking what it would take to rewrite configure to use perl
rather than sh.  But what would it buy us?  sh is more portable than perl
(as measured by the number of platforms where it is included as part of n
a default bare-bones installation), and starts up considerably faster on
some platforms (cygwin, for example).  I will review any such patches to
use perl instead of shell, but I won't be writing any, nor will I be
advocating that someone invest the time into it.

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