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Re: [autoconf] Cray Fortran compilers

From: Steven G. Johnson
Subject: Re: [autoconf] Cray Fortran compilers
Date: Sat, 08 Jun 2002 14:35:11 -0400
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Paul Eggert wrote:
From: Kate Hedstrom <address@hidden>
Can I request that cf77 and cft77 get removed from the list of Fortran
compilers to try? They are both old and I was surprised to find them on
the system. Neither one passes the configure tests while f90 (for years
the recommended compiler) does.

Thanks, I installed the following patch.  I'm CC:ing this to Wendy
Palm, who submitted Cray-related patches earlier this year, in case
there's some reason to still keep trying to use those ancient

Sorry to come late to this thread, but may I humbly suggest that the right fix would be to put cf77 and cft77 at the end of the list of compilers checked (i.e. creating a new category of "deprecated/obsolete" compilers) rather than removing them entirely? (Some of the other compilers, especially af77 and fl32, might also be put into that category.) Out of general principles (and as an old user of cf77), I hate to drop support for anything just because the original vendor declares it obsolete, although following their recommendation regarding preference order is sensible.


PS. I should also point out that autoconf normally doesn't try to cope with broken software installed on a system; we tend to recommend complaining to the administrator in that situation. On the other hand, Crays are a bit of a special case because there are so few of them in existence.

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