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From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re:
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2008 19:45:56 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.17+20080114 (2008-01-14)

Hello John,

* John Calcote wrote on Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 06:55:40PM CET:
> Can someone please tell me what is the high-level purpose of the
> file (and those files generated from it)?  I understand
> it's a timestamp file - what I want to know is what it's used for by
> automake. And, for that matter, is it even used anymore in current
> versions of automake?

It is unused since the Nov 5 09:24:06 2001 commit
    * (@common_sometimes, &handle_configure): No longer
    use stamp-hin.
    * lib/am/ Adjust.
    * tests/confh.test: There is no stamp.hin.

(which corresponds to development of Automake 1.5b or so), and used to
play some role together with stamp-h.

That was before I knew what Automake was.

> I find nothing in the manual that suggests it even exists, much less
> what it's for. This maybe because it's no longer needed, and has thus
> be removed from the manual...

This is what I found using "git":

+2001-11-08  Akim Demaille  <address@hidden>
+       * automake.texi: Remove references to, which no longer
+       exist.
+       * tests/stamph2.test: Formatting change.
 2001-11-08  Alexandre Duret-Lutz  <address@hidden>

        * tests/suffix3.test: Check for foo.$(OBJEXT) in
diff --git a/automake.texi b/automake.texi
index 31a24b4..e1ec2e1 100644
--- a/automake.texi
+++ b/automake.texi
@@ -1331,8 +1331,7 @@ Print the version number of Automake and exit.
 @table @code
 Automake will generate rules to automatically regenerate the config
-header.  If you do use this macro, you must create the file
address@hidden in your source directory.  It can be empty.



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