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Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh updates

From: Jon Steinhart
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh updates
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2004 10:40:11 -0700

Ken wrote:
> >I just checked out the CVS so that I could fix some bugs.  I noticed that th
> ere
> >is no config.h.in or configure as part of the distribution.  Anyone mind if 
> I
> >add those.  Doing so will make the INSTALL instructions work.  Or, I could
> >change the INSTALL instructions, but I think that the first option is the
> >right one.
> Please don't.  Those files are automatically generated by autoconf;
> putting automatically-generated files under revision control is
> nonsensical at best, and just makes things a mess in the long run.

Well, I'll defer to the majority here and modify the INSTALL file instead.
But I want to point out that this is the opposite of how just about every
other package out there is done.  Other packages come with configure and
config.h.in so that one doesn't need autoheader and autoconf to do an
installation.  Can you explain the rationale for being different?


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