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Re: [Axiom-developer] cannot build axiom

From: root
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] cannot build axiom
Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 19:57:58 -0400

>So what will you tell them that you cannot figure out by a proper
>configure script automatically?

I do not know how to automatically and generically figure out the
correct string, e.g. "debian", "macosxppc", "fedora9" ,etc. It seems
that this would take an expert in each system to write system-specific
code to probe the configuration for each system.

The original goal of using autoconf was to figure out this string.
It ended up with a completely restructured system build process.
There is no point in re-opening that discussion here, since Axiom
does not and will not use autoconf. Check with Fricas.

The existing configure script was intended to construct the string. 
However, it turns out that simply choosing a compatible string
is easy for a human.

Axiom is only known to run on a limited number of systems.
Other systems might work, and I have a few of them "in process"
but until they are tested and "just work", nothing is claimed.
Getting Axiom to compile is only the first step.

Once the lisp-only rewrite completes there won't be a need for
system-specific labels anyway.


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