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Re: Future plans for Autotools

From: NightStrike
Subject: Re: Future plans for Autotools
Date: Wed, 5 May 2021 20:31:20 -0400

On Mon, May 3, 2021 at 5:34 AM Thomas Jahns <> wrote:

> > - Our code is a mix of Fortran and C, with a bit of C++. Automake still 
> > deos not support Fortran 90-type module dependencies, so we have to manage 
> > manual dependencies in one of our's. More modern systems handle 
> > Fortran (not quite the latest fad) much better.
> At our site, there are a number of scripts in use that generate the Fortran
> module/file dependencies on demand. For those not knowing Fortran: source 
> files
> are compiled to both, .mod files for use in runs of the compiler and .o files
> for the later link step. The .mod files can follow a number of conventions in
> respect to suffix and upper/lower case basename and suffix.

This is going to become very important to keep automake relevant, as
c++ is adopting modules using the same two-file-output mechanism as
Fortran. GNU Make supports having a rule generate multiple files and
tracking them accordingly.  I think automake really needs to support
this soon.

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