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Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 17:03:40 -0400
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Subject: Re: Autotools; new versions
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Christopher Faylor wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 20, 2001 at 02:45:48PM -0400, Charles Wilson wrote:
> >Christopher Faylor wrote:
> >>
> >> On Thu, Sep 20, 2001 at 02:22:53PM -0400, Charles Wilson wrote:
> >> >Since there are incompatibilities between
> >> >  autoconf-2.13 and autoconf-2.5x
> >> >  automake-1.4  and automake-1.5
> >> >
> >> >and most (cygwin-external) projects have been slow and/or resistant to
> >> >migrate to the newer versions,
> >> >
> >> >and cgf doesn't want to "push the envelope" on autotools from cygwin
> >> >(let other projects migrate FIRST, then we follow)
> >> >
> >> >and libtool/autoconf/automake must all share the same prefix (usr or
> >> >usr/local or...)
> >>
> >> Robert suggested that debian has a wrapper that tries to infer which
> >> version of autoconf to run.
> >>
> >> Is this something worth considering?
> >
> >Yes.  But I think the requirement for separate install prefixes still
> >remains.  I don't know much about debian, tho, so take that with a large
> >chunk of salt.
> I was thinking that we'd somehow have one autoconf.tar.gz which had both
> versions and a magic wrapper to handle them.

I see the magic wrapper being nothing more than reading the configure.in
or configure.ac to get the AC_PREREQ value and creating the appropriate
symlinks to the correct versions before executing the tool.  BTW, I just
looked at the configure.in in newlib and the AC_PREREQ value is already


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