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GNU Autoconf 2.64 released

From: Eric Blake
Subject: GNU Autoconf 2.64 released
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2009 21:51:02 -0600
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The GNU Autoconf team is pleased to announce the stable release of
Autoconf 2.64.  Autoconf is an extensible package of M4 macros that
produce shell scripts to automatically configure software source code
packages.  These scripts can adapt the packages to many kinds of UNIX-like
systems without manual user intervention.  Autoconf creates a
configuration script for a package from a template file that lists the
operating system features that the package can use, in the form of M4
macro calls.

This release includes the use of shell functions, providing smaller and
faster configure scripts.  It updates the documentation license to GNU FDL
1.3.  It corrects some long-standing bugs that could lead to silently
incorrect output.  It now requires GNU M4 1.4.6 or better (instead of the
previous requirement of 1.4.5).  It also provides a new feature of
parallel autotest testsuite execution.  See the NEWS excerpt below for
more details, as well as some things to note when upgrading.

This version of Autoconf uses GPLv2+ plus an exception for its installed
executables, as described in COPYING; the exception covers the
implications of including an autoconf-generated script in your project.
Meanwhile, several source files within the Autoconf project are under
GPLv3+, as described in COPYINGv3; these files are used for building
and installing Autoconf, but are not present in the installed
programs.  The entire Autoconf project will move to GPLv3+ when the
exception statements have been reformulated in terms of the Additional
Permissions as described in section 7 of GPLv3.

Here are the compressed sources:   (1.7MB)   (1.3MB)   (1.1MB)

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  gpg --keyserver --recv-keys F4850180

and rerun the `gpg --verify' command.

This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
  Automake 1.11


* Major changes in Autoconf 2.64 (2009-07-26) [stable]
  Released by Eric Blake, based on git versions 2.63b.*.

** Autoconf now requires GNU M4 1.4.6 or later.  Earlier versions of M4
   have a bug in regular expression handling that interferes with some
   of the speedups provided since Autoconf 2.63.  GNU M4 1.4.13 or
   later is recommended.

** AS_IF and AS_CASE have been taught to avoid syntax errors even when
   given arguments that expand to just whitespace.

** The following documented autoconf macros are new:

** The autoheader tool now understands m4 macro arguments passed to

** Ensure AT_CHECK can support commands that include a # given with
   proper m4 quoting.  For shell comments, this is a new feature; for
   non-shell comments, this fixes a regression introduced in 2.63b.
   Additionally, AT_CHECK correctly supplies shell escapes for
   metacharacters occurring in m4 macro expansions within the expected
   stdout and stderr parameters.

** The macro AT_CHECK now understands the concept of hard failure.  If
   a test exits with an unexpected status 99, cleanup actions for the
   test are inhibited and the test is treated as a failure regardless
   of AT_XFAIL_IF.  It also understands the new directives
   ignore-nolog, stdout-nolog, and stderr-nolog.

** The following documented autotest macros are new:

** The following documented m4sugar macros are new:
   m4_argn  m4_copy_force  m4_default_nblank  m4_default_nblank_quoted
   m4_ifblank  m4_ifnblank  m4_rename_force

** The autoconf testsuite now exercises all Erlang macros.

* Major changes in Autoconf 2.63b (2009-03-31) [beta]
  Released by Eric Blake, based on git versions 2.63.*.

** The manual is now shipped under the terms of the GNU FDL 1.3.

** AC_REQUIRE now detects the case of an outer macro which first expands
   then later indirectly requires the same inner macro.  Previously,
   this case led to silent out-of-order expansion (bug present since
   2.50); it now issues a syntax warning, and duplicates the expansion
   of the inner macro to guarantee dependencies have been met.  See
   the manual for advice on how to refactor macros in order to avoid
   the bug in earlier autoconf versions and avoid increased script
   size in the current version.

** AC_DEFUN_ONCE has improved semantics.  Previously, a macro declared
   with AC_DEFUN_ONCE warned on a second invocation; and out-of-order
   expansion was still possible.  Now, dependencies are guaranteed,
   and subsequent invocations are a silent no-op.  This makes
   AC_DEFUN_ONCE an ideal macro for silencing AC_REQUIRE warnings.

** The following macros are now defined with AC_DEFUN_ONCE.  This means
   a subtle change in semantics; previously, an AC_DEFUN macro could
   expand one of these macros multiple times or surround the macro
   inside shell conditional text to bypass the effects of these
   macros, but now the macro will expand exactly once, and prior to
   the start of any enclosing AC_DEFUN macro:

** AC_LANG_ERLANG works once again (regression introduced in 2.61a).

** AC_HEADER_ASSERT is fixed so that './configure --enable-assert' no
   longer mistakenly disables assertions.

** AC_INIT now takes an optional fifth parameter that can be used to
   set AC_PACKAGE_URL, a URL for the package's home page; the URL is
   used in `configure --help' and is also available via AC_DEFINE.

** Autotest testsuites accept an option --jobs[=N] for parallel testing.
   This feature is still in testing, and may not work on every
   platform, help in improving it would be appreciated.

** Autotest testsuites do not attempt to write startup error messages
   to the log file before that is opened (regression introduced in 2.63).

** Configure scripts now use shell functions.  This feature leads to
   smaller configure files and faster execution.

** Present But Cannot Be Compiled: Autoconf will now proceed with
   the compiler's result if a header is present but cannot be compiled.
   The warning is still printed, and you should really fix it by
   providing a fourth parameter to AC_CHECK_HEADER/AC_CHECK_HEADERS.

** Autoreconf added aclocal to the set of programs affected by the
   `autoreconf -I dir' option.

** The following documented m4sugar macros are new:
   m4_chomp  m4_chomp_all  m4_cleardivert  m4_curry  m4_default_quoted
   m4_esyscmd_s  m4_map_args  m4_map_args_pair  m4_map_args_sep
   m4_map_args_w  m4_set_map  m4_set_map_sep  m4_stack_foreach
   m4_stack_foreach_lifo  m4_stack_foreach_sep

** The following m4sugar macros are documented now, but in some cases
   with slightly different semantics than what the previous
   undocumented version had:
   m4_copy  m4_dumpdefs  m4_rename  m4_version_prereq

** The m4sugar macro m4_expand has been taught to handle unterminated
   comments and shell case statements.  As a result, it is used
   internally in more places, such as AC_DEFINE and AT_CHECK.  Most
   uses of AC_DEFINE and AT_CHECK should not behave any differently;
   however, it may be necessary to add double-quoting around
   unbalanced `(' where single-quoting used to be sufficient.

** The following documented m4sh macros are new:

** The following m4sh macros are documented now, but in some cases
   with slightly different semantics than what the previous
   undocumented version had:

** The m4sh macros AS_IF and AS_CASE can now be used in shell lists.
   The responsibility for supplying a trailing newline now belongs to
   the call site, but since most users did not add dnl, this generally
   results in fewer empty lines in configure.

Eric Blake, on behalf of
The GNU Autoconf Team

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