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Re: Automake 1.4l released

From: Raja R Harinath
Subject: Re: Automake 1.4l released
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 20:40:18 -0500
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Christopher Faylor <address@hidden> writes:
> As you are not overly familiar with Cygwin, I'm not very familiar with
> automake.  I know that autoconf bends over backwards to accomodate older
> OSes.  

Not really, in the sense you mean.  'autoconf' requires GNU m4 and
perl on the maintainer side -- not really bending over backwards.

It is the generated 'configure' that bends over backwards to
accomodate older/non-traditional OSes.  

> I don't know what automake does.  

'automake' has a similar policy.  The maintainer of a package needs a
reasonable system.  The generated can be used on
older/non-traditiona OSes, as long as the user doesn't invoke any
maintainer rules. 

'make distcheck' is a maintainer rule, since it checks if the
distribution tarball generated is complete.

- hari
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