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Re: gnulib without autoconf?

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: gnulib without autoconf?
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2010 22:11:02 +0100
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Ben Walton asked:
> I'm wondering whether its feasible to use gnulib in a project that
> doesn't use autoconf/automake?

I'm adding this clarification to the documentation:

2010-03-01  Bruno Haible  <address@hidden>

        * doc/gnulib-tool.texi (Initial import): Clarify the requirements
        regarding Automake.

--- doc/gnulib-tool.texi.orig   Mon Mar  1 22:08:02 2010
+++ doc/gnulib-tool.texi        Mon Mar  1 22:07:01 2010
@@ -81,8 +81,14 @@
 @section Initial import
 @cindex initial import
-Gnulib assumes your project uses Autoconf and Automake.  Invoking
address@hidden --import} will copy source files, create a
+Gnulib assumes that your project uses Autoconf.  When using Gnulib, you
+will need to have Autoconf and Automake among your build tools.  Note that
+while the use of Automake in your project's top level directory is an
+easy way to fulfil the Makefile conventions of the GNU coding standards,
+Gnulib does not require it.  But when you use Gnulib, Automake will be
+used at least in a subdirectory of your project.
+Invoking @samp{gnulib-tool --import} will copy source files, create a
 @file{Makefile.am} to build them, generate a file @file{gnulib-comp.m4} with
 Autoconf M4 macro declarations used by @file{configure.ac}, and generate
 a file @file{gnulib-cache.m4} containing the cached specification of how

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