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Re: using color-tests backwards-portably

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: using color-tests backwards-portably
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2009 09:33:14 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1 (gnu/linux)

Ralf Wildenhues <address@hidden> writes:

> I think Automake should provide an API to allow users to say "if the
> Automake version is >= X, then expand this code".  I think
> that would be general enough (it could use Automake conditionals to
> adjust files, it could check for >= X and not >= X+1 to
> enforce exact versions (or we could just provide a general version
> compare function) and it could then call AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE with the
> appropriate options).  Also, it would be explicit enough for the
> developer to be conscious about not using this by accident.

As an alternative, could Automake provide an API that allows
users to say "if feature X is supported, then expand this code"?  For example:

                    [AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE([foreign color-tests])],

This seems to me more in keeping with the Autoconf philosophy.
Ben Pfaff

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