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Re: [Gnucap-devel] Autotools build system

From: al davis
Subject: Re: [Gnucap-devel] Autotools build system
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2009 23:19:18 -0400
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On Friday 19 June 2009, Kevin Bowling wrote:
> I don't think your buildsystem is bad by any means, so I
> asked Diego for advice on choosing how to proceed.  He stated
> essentially "its not about the developers, but rather the
> distributions"  Supporting hundreds of custom build systems
> must truly be a nightmare.  Like it or not, autotools is the
> de facto system for GNU software.

That's why the choice in gnucap has been to have two build 
systems .. one for the distributions and one for developers.  
The one for distributions uses autotools, and works as they 

It's also why any replacement for autotools has to look like 
autotools from the outside, hinting at what is wrong with scons, 
cmake, and others.  The required interface is very well defined.

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