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Re: [bug-hello] bootstrap vs. autoreconf

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: [bug-hello] bootstrap vs. autoreconf
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 20:58:34 -0500

    This bootstrap script should be called `autoreconf'.  

Sorry, I can't agree.  Aside from any other argument, not everyone uses
autoconf.  And it's not a GNU requirement, either.

    every package will have a different bootstrap procedure.

Seems to me the procedure will always be the same: run "bootstrap".

I understand your concern of people putting unnecessary junk into the
bootstrap script.  But I really cannot agree with the idea that
"autoreconf should be perfect, everyone should use only it".  Reality is
that no software is perfect.  I feel that we should give maintainers
the leeway to do what they need.  Yes, they can abuse that power, but
it's a tradeoff.

I hope/expect the bootstrap for hello will only run autoreconf.

    Wouldn't it be better to fix the vagaries so you don't have to
    warn people?

It's not a bug to be fixed.  Texinfo has to use
--enable-maintainer-mode, it causes far too much trouble otherwise.

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