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Re: no config.sub/guess copied

From: Stepan Kasal
Subject: Re: no config.sub/guess copied
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2005 12:35:15 +0100
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On Tue, Nov 15, 2005 at 08:07:01AM +0000, Vincent Torri wrote:

AC_CONFIG_AUX_DIR has to be called before AC_CANONICAL_TARGET.

> I mention that I use the autotools in  such a way that there is no
> I have already my Makefile written.

The purpose of automake is to generate from
Using automake without is very unusual; this implies it is
not debugged.

Perhaps you could use only Autoconf, perhaps with aclocal, but without

> Of course, I would like to avoid adding these files to the distribution 
> of my project.

The term "distribution" in automake terminology means the tarball
project-1.2.3.tar.gz, as generated by "make dist".
To build any program from this tarball, you don't need neither Autoconf,
nor Automake; their work is already done, and the results are contained
within that tarball: ./configure,, etc.
In this sense, config.sub and config.guess have to be distributed, as
'configure' is distributed.

But you mean another "distribution": something like CVS or other version
management system's repository.
But such repository usually contains a script which calls autotools to
initialte the build.  This script might be called "bootstrap" or
"".  I suggest that this script copies the needed files from
somewhere (eg. /usr/share/automake-1.9/), without calling automake.

Hope this helps,
        Stepan Kasal

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