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Re: Could automake-generated Makefiles required GNU make?

From: Nick Bowler
Subject: Re: Could automake-generated Makefiles required GNU make?
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2011 11:55:15 -0500
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On 2011-11-24 10:40 -0600, Bob Friesenhahn wrote:
> On Thu, 24 Nov 2011, Peter Rosin wrote:
> >
> > There is one possibly hard bootstrapping problem. What if you want to
> > deploy some package that does not need a C compiler on some system that
> > lacks both a C compiler and GNU Make? You would have problems there for
> > sure. Some number-crunching fortran-centric piece comes to mind, or some
> > locked down financial system where a cobol compiler or something is
> > present, but no C compiler.
> Is it possible to run baseline Autoconf configure without a working C 
> compiler?  Automake depends on Autoconf.

Autoconf-generated configure scripts do not require a C compiler unless
you use a macro that requires a C compiler (e.g. the AC_PROG_CC family
or one of the AC_whatever_IFELSE macros with AC_LANG set to "C").

Nick Bowler, Elliptic Technologies (

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