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Re: GNU Autoconf test version 2.59d available

From: Ralf Corsepius
Subject: Re: GNU Autoconf test version 2.59d available
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 05:44:00 +0200

On Mon, 2006-06-05 at 23:15 +0200, Ralf Wildenhues wrote:
> GNU Autoconf test version 2.59d is now available.
> This is a beta release, intended to be largely identical to 2.60,
> to be released very soon, if no unexpected issues turn up.  So test it
> now, use it with your code, and report any remaining issues, please!  
> The important changes since 2.59c are listed below, but two changes
> introduced earlier, in version 2.59c, require special attention:
> * Some directory variables have been added, and others adjusted to
>   changes in the GNU Coding Standards.  If your package expands
>   '$datadir', '$infodir', or '$mandir' anywhere, you need to check your
>   package, and possibly adjust it accordingly.  The URL to the older
>   NEWS entries below, and the FAQ node 'Defining Directories' in the
>   manual have more information.
Hmm, I can't find this helpful, because

a) Makefiles are not autoconf's business.

b) Over the years, a tremendous amount of effort had been invested into
non-gmake VPATH support in automake. If something has crept into
automake that makes gmake necessary for VPATH-builds, I'd call this an
automake regression.

I recommend to reconsider this change.


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