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Re: Trunk r117046 fails on systems with older automake

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Trunk r117046 fails on systems with older automake
Date: Tue, 06 May 2014 19:14:49 -0700
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Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
More specifically, from a quick look at configure.ac, it is clear that
program does not consider pkg-config to be a hard requirement of Emacs
(and INSTALL doesn't say so, although INSTALL.REPO does).

The distinction here is building from an Emacs distribution tarball (which is what INSTALL is about) and building from the repository (which is what INSTALL.REPO is about). pkg-config is a requirement of the latter, not the former.

The assumption is that people building from the repository are expert enough to use the extra development tools required, and to set up their environments so that these extra development tools work. It shouldn't be rocket science, and it shouldn't be unreasonable to expect development tools to be installed correctly. This particular problem seems isolated to Windows developers and I expect they'll work it out among themselves.

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