On Thu, Apr 11, 2002 at 09:17:00PM +0200, Alexandre Duret-Lutz wrote:
Warning: I'm going to give the "AM_MAINTAINER_MODE is pure evil
on a stick" point of view.
Now there are three cases:
1. The user unpacked your package, and then run ./configure and make.
2. The user modified configure.ac, or Makefile.am, or a sibling.
3. Your package is broken, it contains some files which are
4. The user imported your package into CVS (as I often do).
Because CVS checkouts are done in alphabetical order, foo.in
might well have a later timestamp than its corresponding foo,
without the files' content having changed. So the
maintainer-mode tests charge ahead and try to rebuild foo,
very probably with an incorrect version of the autotool in
Let's see what happens when AM_MAINTAINER_MODE is used:
4. The package just builds.
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|-_|/ > Eric Siegerman, Toronto, Ont. address@hidden
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"Outlook not so good." That magic 8-ball knows everything!
I'll ask about Exchange Server next.