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Re: cannot build on w32

From: Sam Steingold
Subject: Re: cannot build on w32
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:17:55 -0500

On Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 2:01 PM, Jan Djärv <address@hidden> wrote:
> Sam Steingold skrev 2011-01-19 18.36:
>> I think you got it exactly wrong.
>> autoconf - when used on _all_ platforms - is the solution.
>> the _problem_ is that it is not used on some platforms (win32) and
>> this is why emacs does not build on windows now.
>> if autoconf were used on windows, emacs would have built ootb.
> OSX uses autoconf and doesn't build right now...

it's not enough to have a magic bullet - you also have to know how to use it :-)
(in this particular case - switching to gnulib is a non-trivial step,
so some breakage is nigh inevitable).

PS. Don't get me wrong: I am no expert in (and no fan of!) autoconf
(and cygwin - hi, Eli!).
It's merely a useful tool which made the pain of supporting clisp on
windows tolerable.

Sam Steingold <http://sds.podval.org>

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