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Re: Patch to aclocal

From: Alexandre Duret-Lutz
Subject: Re: Patch to aclocal
Date: Sun, 09 Mar 2003 19:31:22 +0100
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>>> "Philip" == Philip Willoughby <address@hidden> writes:


 Philip> I take your point about moving the functionality into
 Philip> autoconf being the right thing to do, but this doesn't
 Philip> solve my problem right now.  (I haven't heard any
 Philip> mention of it on address@hidden BTW).

 Philip> In any case, the problem isn't going to go away,
 Philip> autoconf will also need some way of finding
 Philip> package-installed macros.  OK, perhaps ACLOCALPATH
 Philip> isn't the right name for it in that eventuality, but
 Philip> it's got to exist and it's got to be called
 Philip> something...

I agree.  I'm just explaining why *I* don't want to commit time
to this.  If you want to implement this new feature, please do
it in a way that won't require further work.
 - It's a change so it needs a ChangeLog entry
 - It's a new feature, so 
     - it needs a NEWS entry, 
     - it must be documented, and
     - it should be exercized by the test suite.
 - It interact with existing features (-I option and dirlist),
   so that needs to be documented too.
 - aclocal is run throughout the test suite, so you should make
   sure setting this envvar will never lead to spurious failures.
 - All the above will be large enough to require you sign
   a copyright disclaimer before it can be installed.

See for other details.
Alexandre Duret-Lutz

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