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Re: How can Autoconf help with the transition to stricter compilation de

From: Sam James
Subject: Re: How can Autoconf help with the transition to stricter compilation defaults?
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2022 04:00:48 +0000

> On 12 Nov 2022, at 00:53, Paul Eggert <> wrote:
> On 2022-11-11 15:25, Sam James wrote:
>> That's not a judgement on whether the changes will ultimately remain in 
>> autoconf, I'm just
>> hesitant to allow a discussion I've kicked off to derail something that we 
>> were planning
>> on doing anyway.
>> What do you think?
> I'm hesitant to do that partly because the changes to _TIME_BITS are already 
> released in multiple packages and need to be dealt with, regardless of 
> whether they're backed out of Autoconf. This is because they've been in 
> Gnulib since July and several packages based on these Gnulib changes have 
> been released since then. Current Gnulib assumes these changes will appear in 
> the next Autoconf release; if that's not true, we'll need to upgrade Gnulib 
> and in the meantime the other packages released since July would still have 
> the changes whatever we do with Gnulib and/or Autoconf.
> Since distros need to deal with the issue anyway, regardless of what Autoconf 
> and/or Gnulib does, I don't see why backing the changes out of Autoconf will 
> help all that much.
> It should pretty easy for a distro to say "hold on, I don't want 64-bit 
> time_t yet" without changing either Autoconf or Gnulib so if you want to go 
> that route please feel free to do so.

The fact it's already shipped in gnulib & that the "real problem" is in glibc 
IMO means that I don't feel
strongly about reverting it.

You're right that distros have the toggle so as long as we mention this 
prominently enough in NEWS,
I don't have a strong objection to master being released as-is.

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