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Re: [bug-gawk] Optional packages - what should be enabled by default?

From: David Kaspar [Dee'Kej]
Subject: Re: [bug-gawk] Optional packages - what should be enabled by default?
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:15:17 +0200

On Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 1:53 PM, <address@hidden> wrote:

I've had a lot of grief on and off with libsigsegv. It's disabled by default
because of that history. Feel free to enable it for Fedora if you want;
I don't think it brings a lot of added value, but I don't object.
​Okay, thanks for the heads up. AFAIK, it is also enabled by default for Debian/Ubuntu-like distros. I will monitor the situation and in case it would produce any problems, I will disable it again, probably and and for all... :)​
>  * libiconv - I guess enabling this package does not make sense anymore,
> because Fedora tries very hard for its translations to be correct, and
> files be either in ASCII or UTF-8. (This package is not present at Fedora
> anymore, AFAIK.)

I suspect gettext adds this to configure.ac.

>  * libintl - should be part of gettext library in Fedora, and we use gettext
> during package build.

Ditto here.
​I guess that simplifies things.​

>  * --with-whiny-user-strftime - I guess that enabling this does not make
> sense on Fedora either, since the build is passing normally without it
> (IMHO, Fedora is not a deficient system :)).

Correct. Don't use it. I should probably remove that from master.

> I think for Fedora, the most interesting optional packages are:
>  * --with-gnu-ld [default=no] - since Fedora uses the linker from GNU
> binutils collection, I guess this should be enabled (I'm not sure if this
> is detected during ./configure run)

Yet another auto-generated feature, I think direct from Autoconf. I would
think that it would be noticed automatically.
​I just found out (looking into configure ​file) that there's support to automatically detect this. Seems like this only makes sense if someone is using something different than GCC, but uses the GNU ld as a linker.
>  * --with-readline - with this one, I'm really have no clue. Seeing the
> library description, I can't decide if it would be useful anyhow to Fedora
> users...

It's useful since the gawk debugger will use readline if it's available.
Please make libreadline and its headers a prerequisite for gawk; then
configure should find it automatically.
​Okay, I will add those dependencies for build and runtime, and release it in Fedora F25.​

And just a small FYI note (I'm not sure, if I mentioned it already before or not), the 4.1.4 version will be available in Fedora 26.

Thanks again! :)


David Kaspar [Dee'Kej]
Associate Software Engineer

Brno, Czech Republic

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