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From: S11001001
Subject: [DotGNU]autotools
Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2002 20:01:20 -0600
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I have been considering methods with which to support autoconf/automake in DG, and here is the model I have come up with:

$ATDIR: an environment variable containing all the possible locations of macro/rules files. There are multiple directories, starting with local and expanding to system. The compiler installer will try each of these until one works. autoconf: provide macros with each compiler. These are installed in $ATDIR/aclocal.ext, where the ext is the extension used for source code files. automake: rewrite to support pluggability of make rules for different primaries. For example, for CSCC, there would be a $ATDIR/PROGRAMS.cs, $ATDIR/SOURCES.cs, etc.

This is just one possibility (and a not-so-good one, at that). I am here just to point out this problem of pluggability, particularly with automake.

Anyone who thinks UNIX is intuitive should be forced to write 5000 lines of
code using nothing but vi or emacs.  AAAAACK!
        -- Discussion on the intuitiveness of commands, especially Emacs

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