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Re: a few questions

From: Thomas Vander Stichele
Subject: Re: a few questions
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2002 22:03:56 +0100 (CET)


Thanks for your reply...

>  Thomas> So we started shipping .m4 files from these libraries
>  Thomas> in a separate m4 directory.
> ... and whenever you make a new release you will have to make
> sure those fallback macros have not been used accidentally?

Well, it's easy to see that they're used since the build will tell at the 
end that these plugins are not built.  But that's beside the point.

> IMHO, it's not worth the trouble, just ship the macros you use.

So, it is good practice to include .m4 macro files from standard -devel 
packages in the distribution ?

>  Thomas> The first method seems to have the disadvantage that it
>  Thomas> prefers our supplied m4's, while it would be better to
>  Thomas> prefer system-installed m4 macros.
> aclocal will prefer the local m4/ macros over the system macros
> too.  I fail to see why this is bad

I could be wrong, but I would think that the m4 files that are 
system-installed go together with the actual version of the -devel package 
you have installed, and is thus more accurate in describing it.  Most of 
the time this probably doesn't matter much, but I'd think that given the 
choice, preferring the system m4's is better.  I'm relatively new to 
autoconf/automake and friends however so please tell me if this is wrong.


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