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Re: Auto-tools & Win32 & Borland C++ Builder

From: Paul F. Kunz
Subject: Re: Auto-tools & Win32 & Borland C++ Builder
Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 18:26:14 -0700

>>>>> On Fri, 25 May 2001 10:39:14 +0000 (GMT), Martin Hollmichel 
>>>>> <address@hidden> said:

> really multiplatform. And I think at the moment the autotools don't
> want/can to support native non Unix platforms.

   For my own needs, I've written a tool, `am2msdev', which creates MS
Dev Studio project and workspace files using automake's *.am files as

Martin> Anybody who like to give hints to use autotools for
Martin> ?

>> From what you wrote it sounds like you don't want to.  Why
>> aggravate yourself trying?

> It has to do with expectations again, my users want to use the
> autotools 

   Yes, because they are the defacto standard for the Open Source
community. I've looked at OpenOffice's sources and my first impression
was turn off on the build system.   But then I've not tried to read
any documentation.

> development environment. So right now I'm in a phase to look for
> arguments why we don't drop the existing environment and change to
> autotools, 

   Well, adopting autotools will remove one barrier for the UNIX based
Open Source community to participate in OpenOffice. 

> I think we all agree that one of the central ideas is to give a
> developer the possibility to create one script file (makefile) for
> all platforms and the he don't need to take care of to many platform
> dependent details 

   This was the goal of my am2msdev tool.   It supports adding things
to the files that are windows specific and which are
ignored under UNIX.   For example, you must have some code for drawing
under Windews as opposed to drawing to X windows.

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