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Re: [PATCH] {master} compile: remove support for $(INCLUDES)

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: [PATCH] {master} compile: remove support for $(INCLUDES)
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 16:12:07 -0600
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On 08/22/2012 03:52 PM, Stefano Lattarini wrote:

> OTOH, I believe developers working on older systems should be ready to
> install more recent developer tools once in a while.  You can't truly
> expect not to update your Automake installation for 3, 4 years!

Oh, _I_ fully wish that RHEL 5 would at least update the core toolchain
(in fact, these links [1],[2] make it look like Red Hat is working
towards a solution of supporting parallel toolchains, with a modern
toolchain installed alongside the stable distro toolchain even for older
RHEL).  But the fact remains that Enterprise systems tend to lag very
far behind the curve, and so you have a tradeoff of whether to support
development on such old systems, or merely support the released product
on old systems while requiring development on newer systems.  At the end
of the day, it boils down to a question of whether upgrading the
toolchain would risk introducing FTBFS to some critical piece of
in-house software, and enterprise customers frown at risk, so they
really do use 3 and 4-year-old automake solutions.


Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library

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