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Re: [Groff] additions to autoconf files

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: Re: [Groff] additions to autoconf files
Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2002 13:54:10 +0200 (CEST)

> > The current policy is to add a test only if there is a failure on
> > a particular system.  Today, there are many standards like POSIX
> > which define a lot of header files, and most operating systems
> > follow it.  Older platforms are dying so I really don't see a
> > reason to blow up the configure script with those tests.
> That is not a policy, but trial and error, and error, and
> error,...  Why no doing it right in the first place?  autoconf just
> defines/undefines some varibles/macros.  This does not hurt.

Well, I trust the autoconf people who have more than 10 years
experience in such things.  Why shall I be `pästlicher als der Papst'?

> I'll need type bool and uint32.  These will have to be checked.

uint32?  What about `unsigned long'?  AFAIK, this is guaranteed to
have at least 32 bit.


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