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Re: [Tinycc-devel] autoconfiscation

From: Peter Lund
Subject: Re: [Tinycc-devel] autoconfiscation
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2007 15:01:50 +0200

On Mon, 2007-08-27 at 00:21 -0500, Rob Landley wrote:

> I'm all for improving the config and the makefiles (they need it), but I 
> don't 
> personally consider autoconf or automake to be an improvement.

Thank you!

That makes me feel safer about the project.

I tried as an experiment last year to see how far I could get without
using any kind of configure script, just with a GNU makefile (*).  It
turns out that one get everything auto* gives you plus it is faster,
more user friendly, more programmer friendly and doesn't result in
(extremely!) big configure shell scripts.

*) It has cached feature tests and header dependency tests.  There are
commands (make targets) to list the caches and to flush them etc.
I /could/ make it generate a "config.h" file but it is cleaner to rely
on standards for the most part and a few -Dxxx=yyy parameters to the
compiler for the rest.


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