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Re: 38-doc-ac-init.patch

From: Akim Demaille
Subject: Re: 38-doc-ac-init.patch
Date: 20 Aug 2001 18:29:25 +0200
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>>>>> "Ralf" == Ralf Corsepius <address@hidden> writes:

Ralf> Am 20 Aug 2001 16:48:23 +0200 schrieb Akim Demaille:
>> This is the 700'th commit on my home repo :)
>> Index: ChangeLog from Akim Demaille <address@hidden>
>> * lib/autoconf/general.m4 (_AC_INIT_PACKAGE): Warn if the arguments
>> are not literals.  * doc/autoconf.texi (Input) <AC_INIT>: Arguments
>> must be literals.

Ralf> Would you please explain why this is required?

So that it can be traced.

Ralf> In particular, until now, it has been possible to have a file at
Ralf> some location in such a source tree and to include it into all
Ralf> sub-packages' to set VERSION (These are not
Ralf> independent of the toplevel configury, but carry there own
Ralf> configure scripts for structual reasons.)

Ralf> With your patch, this approach will be rendered
Ralf> non-functional. Instead, it would be required to edit each
Ralf> single and to regenerate all files depending on it
Ralf> (The example I am talking about has ~50 configure.ins).

Why don't you have a m4_include(my_version.m4)?

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