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Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh updates

From: Robert Elz
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh updates
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2004 01:36:53 +0700

    Date:        Wed, 13 Oct 2004 10:40:11 -0700
    From:        Jon Steinhart <address@hidden>
    Message-ID:  <address@hidden>

  | 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?

There can't be a rationale, it would have to be rational to be so.

Not only does leaving out those files require one to have autoconf, etrc,
it also requires one to have the right version of autoconf, they all tend
to be just a bit different, and if someone has a different version than
the one the package assumes, very odd effects can sometimes occur.

Just keep all of these files, anything that isn't system dependent should
be retained, and shipped - and checked into cvs so that (even long after
the relevant version of autoconf has vanished from the face of the earth)
a particular (perhaps old) version of the software can always be built.


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