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Re: Tips to modernize autotools configuration

From: Ralf Corsepius
Subject: Re: Tips to modernize autotools configuration
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 05:39:00 +0100
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On 02/17/2010 04:18 AM, Javier Jardón wrote:

I've created this page: [1]
with some tips to modernize the autotools configuration of GNOME (or
others) projects.

As I'm not an autotools expert, It would be great if someone of you
take a look to the page to correct the possible mistakes.
(Feel free to edit the page directly or comment here the issues)

Best regards,


My personal remarks on your document:

Modern configuration setups don't need it.

- AM_MAINTAINER_MODE has valid use cases. Though I agree with your intention to discourage users from using it, your formulation is way too strict, IMO.

- Recommend automake >= 1.11.1.
automake 1.10 is known to be suffering from critical security issues.

- Recommend using vanilla FSF autotools- -not the versions vendors ship, because they typically have patches which can render modifying/patching auto*tool files difficult.

What I am missing:

- Ship tarballs with all sources and generated files included.

- Don't run autoreconf/ during builds.

- Don't exploit autotools's internals.


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