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Re: [patch #7596] Autoconf macro to detect comiler flags for building ru

From: Maarten Bosmans
Subject: Re: [patch #7596] Autoconf macro to detect comiler flags for building ruby extensions
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 11:06:25 +0200

2011/8/20 Stanislav Sedov <address@hidden>:
> On Sun, 14 Aug 2011 20:50:16 +0200
> Maarten Bosmans <address@hidden> mentioned:
>> Wouldn't this be a good macro to define using AC_DEFUN_ONCE?
>> Also, it would be nice to take the effort to add proper caching, for
>> this macro and also the perl one.
> Hi, Maarten!
> Sorry for the delay!  I'm not sure that these macros should be AC_DEFUN_ONCE,
> because potentially they could be called several times with different values
> of $PERL/$RUBY to find values for different kinds of interpreter.  But I don't
> have a strong position on this point.  Do you think that I better maker them
> one-shot?

No, I was just pointing out the other possibility. They are your
macros, I probably will never use the directly, so you get to decide
if you want to support multiple interpreters.

> As for the caching -- do you have any pointers on how to implement a proper
> caching?  I can certainly use AC_CACHE_VAL, but then if the value of $RUBY
> changes between runs it will pick up wrong values?  Or will the cache be
> discarded automatically in this case?

Or better yet, AC_CACHE_CHECK, if that fits your case.
If you want to take care of changes in the interpreter, you should
make that part of the cache variable name. To properly use a variable
with the contents of a shell variable in its name, use AS_VAR_PUSHDEF
and AS_VAR_POPDEF. Also use AS_VAR_SET and AS_VAR_GET as, for example,
illustrated in


> Thanks!
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> Stanislav Sedov
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