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Re: Building prog first

From: Reuben Thomas
Subject: Re: Building prog first
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2010 16:55:20 +0000

On 23 March 2010 10:15, Steffen Dettmer <address@hidden> wrote:
>> This illustrates a weirdness of autotools: poor support for
>> installing interpreted languages, and also conversely for
>> build-time compiled programs.
> Yes, also for coffee-cooking there is poor support only. :-)

Sure, but autotools is for building programs, not for making coffee.

> I don't think build-time compiled C programs shall be suppored
> while cross compiling. I think it already is complex enough.
> Otherwise you had to do all checks twice and end up in many
> variables with confusing names, and those who are not
> cross-compiling probably accidently will mix them.

On the contrary, this is a very useful feature (why should one not be
able to build host programs when cross-compiling?) for which support
in autoconf would simplify developers' life (even the ad-hoc support
in binutils that I mentioned is pretty easy to use).

>> > I though of perl, but (A), i don't like slow tools,
> (I think Perl is fast)

Me too, the above assertion was not written by me! You missed the
author line at the top from the original author of these double-quoted


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