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Re: [autoconf] AmigaOS fork()

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [autoconf] AmigaOS fork()
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2001 16:42:27 -0700 (PDT)

> +If @file{vfork.h} is found, define @code{HAVE_VFORK_H}. If a working
> address@hidden is found, define @code{HAVE_WORKING_VFORK}. Otherwise,
> +define @code{vfork} to be @code{fork} for backward compatibility.

You need to append "with previous versions of @command{autoconf}" here.

> +In case you prefer to use @code{fork} whereever possible, use this code:
> address@hidden
> address@hidden
> +# define vfork fork
> +#endif
> +but still use @code{vfork} whereever it can be used portably.

It's a bit confusing to suggest to people that they use a macro that
is incompatible with common practice and with previous versions of
autoconf, without much explanation.

The simplest way to fix this confusion is to remove the above-quoted
text.  If you really want to document this stuff, you should recommend
the following instead, as it's less confusiong:

  # define vfork fork

If you go this route, you should discuss that this is a change from
previous practice, and you should discuss who should prefer the change
and why.  Possible reasons for wanting this change are:

- You don't care about performance that much.
- Your program is small so the performance difference doesn't matter.
- You don't want to worry about vfork bugs in various implementations.
- You want to run on non-POSIX platforms like AmigaOS.

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