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Re: autoconf (was: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] [ANNOUNCE] tlator-0.1 initial re

From: Andrew Suffield
Subject: Re: autoconf (was: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] [ANNOUNCE] tlator-0.1 initial release)
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 17:04:05 +0100
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On Thu, Sep 18, 2003 at 01:37:20PM +0200, wave++ wrote:
> Autoconf scripts tends to autodetect things without keeping in mind
> particular situations. IT'S TRIVIAL to do autoconf tests that BREAKS
> "portability". It's also a pain to trick it, if you have particular
> requirements.
> Fixing bugs inside the build system is A PAIN. Plus, while a Makefile is
> easily adapted to user needs, an automake hierarchy is almost impossible
> to finetune without breaking the build system. Fixing library naming
> conventions requires hacking on automake itself, which is full of
> m4/sed/shell cruft. It's easier to build by hand.

This is user error. I have never found it difficult or time consuming
to accomplish these things with autoconf and automake, and it's been a
long time since I had to patch either of them.

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