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Re: A Closer Look at GNU AutoTools

Subject: Re: A Closer Look at GNU AutoTools
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:28:27 +0100
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On 09/04/2014 11:40 PM, John Calcote wrote:
If you're looking for a tutorial that walks you through the small set of
tasks that you personally need to perform, you're unlikely to find one
unless you write it.

As I see it, this is a clear indicator that the manual is sub-par and doesn't fulfill its purpose.

> This is just common sense.

And this is why this is still a problem.

> While there are many task-specific tutorials out there, the fact is, the Autotools are a general set of build tools designed to handle a million permutations of build requirements. The manuals are necessarily complete and generic.

I agree, but that doesn't justify why it fails to cover those task-specific topics that everyone is looking and has to either write it themselves or go look elsewhere.

In fact, I don't understand how you can at the same time acknowledge that people are forced to look elsewhere for information that should be available in the doc, and still don't understand that's a major problem with the manual.


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