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Re: GNU Make Extensions

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: GNU Make Extensions
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2008 10:36:04 -0600 (CST)

On Wed, 10 Dec 2008, NightStrike wrote:

Ok, so again, I should be allowed to accept that *potential* risk as
being far less than the current situation of *actual* risk which is
causing problems.  If I knew anything about Perl, I'd just do it
myself, but alas, the automake source confounds me :(

There is a philosophical stance that the software we develop is intended for the software users rather than the software developer. There is a problem if build behavior is different for the user than for the software developer.

It seems that increasingly there is an idea among software developers and maintainers that software developer satisfaction is more important than user satisfaction.

Software lasts longer than any individual maintainer or developer and so GNU build tools should strive to preserve the freedom of that software by ensuring that end users are provided with the same facilities that the original developers had available. This includes the list of files which are included in the package.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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