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Re: [PATCH 0/3] RFC: automated bootstrap script

From: Zack Weinberg
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/3] RFC: automated bootstrap script
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 15:18:09 -0400
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On Sat, Feb 6, 2021, at 11:23 AM, Jim Meyering wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 5, 2021 at 7:42 AM Zack Weinberg <> wrote:
> > The procedure for building Autoconf from a git checkout is a little
> > awkward, involving building it once, then using the just-built
> > autoconf to regenerate the configure script in the source directory,
> > then throwing away the entire first build and doing it over again, and
> > only then is the test suite reliable.
> >
> > This patch set automates and optimizes the process with a new
> > top-level, git-only script called ‘bootstrap’.  The idea is copied
> > from Automake: you run this script instead of ‘autoreconf -i’.

I finally got some time to land this patch set.  Note that the arguments to 
AC_INIT are now written in a special stylized form so the bootstrap script can 
find them reliably.


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