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Re: How can Autoconf help with the transition to stricter compilation de

From: Sam James
Subject: Re: How can Autoconf help with the transition to stricter compilation defaults?
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2022 03:43:43 +0000

> On 12 Nov 2022, at 03:40, Zack Weinberg <> wrote:
> Florian Weimer <> writes:
>> based on a limited attempt to get this fixed about three years
>> ago, I expect that many of the problematic packages have not had their
>> configure scripts regenerated using autoconf for a decade or more.  This
>> means that as an autoconf maintainer, you unfortunately won't be able to
>> help us much.
> I’m sadly not surprised.
> This is definitely more work than I can see myself doing on a volunteer
> basis, but a 2.69.1 patch release — nothing that’s not already on trunk,
> cherry pick the changes needed to support the newer compilers (and
> also newer Perl and Bash and M4) is a thing that could happen.

I didn't want to ask you to do this because I felt fortunate enough
you were volunteering to handle 2.72, but this would indeed be a help,
because then I won't have to try persuade people they should totally upgrade,
and it should happen naturally enough with distro upgrades.

If you are willing, that would be welcome.

Of course, we'll have to go lobby them, but that is what it is :)

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