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Re: Could automake-generated Makefiles required GNU make?

From: Stefano Lattarini
Subject: Re: Could automake-generated Makefiles required GNU make?
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 17:59:27 +0100
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On Tuesday 22 November 2011, Ludovic Courtès wrote:
> Hi Stefano,
Hi Ludo.

> Stefano Lattarini <address@hidden> skribis:
> > Here is my tentative plan to act on the proposal:
> >
> >   1. We start requiring GNU make in an "experimental" automake 2.0
> >      development line (which might, and will, break whathever
> >      backward-compatibility gets in its way).
> >   2. Concurrently, we continue to support the more portable (and
> >      tested, and used-in-the-real-world) 1.x line, with bugfixes
> >      at least (and probably also with addition of new not-too-big
> >      features).
> It seems to me that this proposal would fill a niche between current
> Automake and Quagmire.
> IMO that niche may be small.  One of Automake’s strengths is to support
> multiple make implementations.  If you’re going to require GNU make, why
> not take Quagmire’s approach, so you really get to benefit more from
> GNU make features?
Basically, because I want something that work *from day zero*.  IMHO that
is the only way the "new automake" can end up competing with that mature
and powerful beast that is the current automake.  A more in-depth and
reasoned explanation can be found here:
(Note however that I've somewhat changed my mind about Quagmire being
wrong in planning to subsume the libtool features as well, eventually.
But that doesn't change my main points).


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