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Re: debbugs, and a FAQ, for Autotools

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: debbugs, and a FAQ, for Autotools
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2011 14:47:26 +0900

Ralf Hemmecke <address@hidden> writes:
> Is there actually a good reason, why the autotools are distributed as
> separate packages (autoconf, automake, libtool, m4)? (Maybe even
> pkg-config, but I still don't yet know exactly whether it is good for
> me.)

Hmm, why not?  Isn't it good general practice to split up packages where
the coupling is fairly loose?

Many people use autoconf without automake, and the latter has some
significant extra dependencies.  Also, of course, libtool is extremely
optional (and for those that do use it, I imagine it would work well
enough without the rest of the autotools).


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