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Re: [gnu-prog-discuss] Could automake-generated Makefiles required GNU m

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: [gnu-prog-discuss] Could automake-generated Makefiles required GNU make?
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 09:08:01 -0600 (CST)
User-agent: Alpine 2.01 (GSO 1266 2009-07-14)

On Wed, 23 Nov 2011, Warren Young wrote:

Yes, and we've bought that last 0.001% of compatibility with bigger, slower, and harder to read generated Makefiles and configure scripts. TANSTAAFL. If the price to lose some bloat, gain some speed, and increase the clarity of these files is that I have to install GNU make on the 0.001% of systems where it isn't installed already, that seems a fair trade.

There is no argument that depending on GNU make won't enable the Makefiles to become much more compact. My argument continues to be that if autotools is going to demand a GNU prerequisite to build software (for the first time since the dawn of GNU) that we should at least get something really useful from it such as the ability to use files directly (without having to perform sed substitutions on a packaged template, and to be able to easily create non-recursive build environments (which are really the only case that 'make' works properly).

Beyond that, it mostly comes down to this simple question: "What do I type in order to invoke GNU make on this system"?

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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