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Re: Automake 1.6b available and the version numbering issue

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Subject: Re: Automake 1.6b available and the version numbering issue
Date: Thu, 01 Aug 2002 10:18:03 -0400


Just want to steal the soapbox here to point out that "1.6b" is more
difficult for automated systems to deal with than "1.6.2".  Consider the
logic to determine whether 1.4-p4 is greater than 1.4.2 or 1.5.  
> ... works with 1.6.3 but doesn't with 1.6b.  ...

...and how *is* the logic for 1.6b compared to 1.6.3 ?  Is that like
1.(6.2).0 > 1.6.3 ?

Ever consider simple major/minor/point release numbers?  Even Oracle's
old versions such as worked with tools to automatically
determine which of two packages is the more recent.


Alexandre Duret-Lutz wrote:
> Here is a snapshot of the current development version of Automake,
> in case you want to get a grasp of what Automake 1.7 will look like.
> The NEWS entry is appended.
> If you have some time, please try it on your package and report any
> issue you encounter.  Especially, please shout loud if your package
> works with 1.6.3 but doesn't with 1.6b.  (It'll better for everybody
> if we can fix compatibility issues before the release...)
> You can find this snapshot here:
> Soon it will also appear on the sources mirrors.
> Please report bugs to <address@hidden>.
>  - Akim, Alexandre, and Tom
> New in 1.6b:
> * Autoconf 2.53b is required.
> * `aclocal' and `automake' will no longer warn about obsolete
>   configure macros.  This is done by `autoconf -Wobsolete'.
>   AM_HEADER_TIOCGWINSZ_NEEDS_SYS_IOCTL are obsolete (although still
>   supported).  You should use AC_CONFIG_HEADERS, AC_SYS_POSIX_TERMIOS,
>   and AC_HEADER_TIOCGWINSZ instead.  `autoupdate' can upgrade
>   `' for you.
> * Support for per-program and per-library `_CPPFLAGS'.
> * New `ctags' target (builds CTAGS files).
> * Support for -Wmumble and -Wno-mumble, where mumble is a warning category
>   (see `automake --help' or the manual for a list of them).
> * Honor the WARNINGS environment variable.
> * Omit the call to depcomp when using gcc3: call the compiler directly.
> * A new option, std-options, tests that programs support --help and --version
>   when `make installcheck' is run.  This is enabled by --gnits.
> * Texinfo rules now support the `ps' and `pdf' targets.
> * `make distcheck' will enforce DESTDIR support by attempting
>   a DESTDIR install.
> * `+=' can be used in conditionals, even if the augmented variable
>   was defined for another condition.
> * Use Autoconf's --trace interface to inspect and get
>   a more accurate view of it.
> * automake --output-dir is deprecated.
> * Many bug fixes.

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