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Re: proper autotools ordering?

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: proper autotools ordering?
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2008 18:35:10 -0600

    The reason autoreconf runs autoconf before autoheader is that the former
    typically gives better error messages than the latter.  autoheader
    before automake helps avoid a message from automake about missing

Yes, I saw that in the autoreconf sources.  I think it would be worth
adding to a manual, along with the recommendation to use autoreconf.

    If autoreconf doesn't work for some project, then we'd like to know why,
    so we can fix it.  It really should be used.

Well, I guess I will have to find time to reproduce the problems I have
had with it, which all related to autoreconf overwriting newer files
(e.g., gnulib's texinfo.tex, config.*, install-sh, etc.) with older
ones.  We discussed it years ago but I don't have the details any more.


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