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Re: Time for Autoconf 2.61a?

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: Time for Autoconf 2.61a?
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2006 18:02:13 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-11-01)

Hello Paul,

* Paul Eggert wrote on Mon, Dec 11, 2006 at 08:17:19AM CET:
> Would anyone object if I produced an Autoconf 2.61a test version and
> put it out on  This might help people test Autoconf's
> recent Awk-related changes more.

Frankly, I'm hoping that the Awk-related changes aren't much of an issue
except possibly for a few rare machines with proprietary awks.  I do not
expect any issues with user's scripts here.  Not quite so
sure about the AS_ECHO related changes.  It would have been nice to
improve its performance first ... but anyway, an alpha release can't
hurt much, so feel free to proceed.

FWIW, I think NEWS should contain something along the lines below.  OK?
Also, the win by the move to AS_ECHO could be mentioned (so as to have a
rationale for the incurred slowdown).  Also, the fseeko regression of
2.61 isn't documented.  (I think the current code is OK.)


Index: NEWS
RCS file: /cvsroot/autoconf/autoconf/NEWS,v
retrieving revision 1.416
diff -u -r1.416 NEWS
--- NEWS        28 Nov 2006 03:29:47 -0000      1.416
+++ NEWS        11 Dec 2006 17:00:47 -0000
@@ -12,6 +12,8 @@
    overlapping variable occurrences, e.g., @address@hidden@.  Autoconf's
    behavior was always iffy in such cases, and the awk implementation
    has changed the behavior.
+   Multi-line values of substituted variables are not limited in total size
+   any more; each line should not exceed the POSIX limit for text files.
 * Major changes in Autoconf 2.61 (2006-11-17)

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