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Re: dirlist

From: Alexandre Duret-Lutz
Subject: Re: dirlist
Date: Thu, 01 Aug 2002 16:21:20 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.090007 (Oort Gnus v0.07) Emacs/21.2 (i386-debian-linux-gnu)

>>> "Chuck" == Charles Wilson <address@hidden> writes:


 Chuck> No problem. Your mods look okay to me.  

By the way, there is another modification I'd like to make
before going on vacation: change the ordering of the dirlist
directories wrt the aclocal dir.

I think any directory listed in dirlist should be searched
*after* aclocal-APIVERSION/, for the same reason aclocal/ is
search after aclocal-APIVERSION/ (i.e., do that old Automake
macros listed in these directories doesn't have precendance).

They should also be searched after aclocal/, so that it's
possible to override these "global" macros "locally".  As an
example, imagine a user who has installed Automake and Libtool
in his account, and has edited `dirlist' so his copy of aclocal
also uses the macros installed on system-wide (e.e. in
/usr/share/aclocal).  Obvisouly the user's local libtool.m4
should be prefered over the system libtool.m4.  This is possible
only if dirlist directories are searched after aclocal/.

In summary, I'd like to change the search order to

   1. user-supplied directories (-I)
   2. aclocal-APIVERSION/
   3. aclocal/
   4. dirlist directories

instead of 

   1. user-supplied directories (-I)
   2. dirlist directories
   3. aclocal-APIVERSION/
   4. aclocal/

 Chuck> Now, about the new Gnome-inspired release of
 Chuck>'s a shame that it's too late for a similar
 Chuck> dirlist patch for that one. :-) 

How about backporting all new features of 1.7 into 1.4? <wink>


Alexandre Duret-Lutz

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