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Re: convert regex.c, strftime.c mktime.c to standard C

From: Chong Yidong
Subject: Re: convert regex.c, strftime.c mktime.c to standard C
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2010 11:58:12 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

> Finding strftime.c in gnulib is indeed trivial, but making it part of
> Emacs that compiles on all supported platforms is not just "some
> work", it's a formidable job, IMO.
> The build system used by gnulib is not just Makefile.in and
> config.h.in.  It is one of the more contrived build systems I've ever
> seen, and it requires to run the configury stuff on each supported
> platform, to get all the gazillions of preprocessor symbols defined
> correctly.

According to the Gnulib website,

  Gnulib takes a different approach. Its components are intended to be
  shared at the source level, rather than being a library that gets
  built, installed, and linked against. Thus, there is no distribution
  tarball; the idea is to copy files from Gnulib into your own source

So if we're having trouble doing exactly what Gnulib was designed for,
something is pretty badly wrong.

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