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Re: Automake 1.12.0b test release

From: Stefano Lattarini
Subject: Re: Automake 1.12.0b test release
Date: Sun, 20 May 2012 09:45:12 +0200

[Re-adding the list, because I think the issue might be of general interest]

On 05/20/2012 12:59 AM, Bob Friesenhahn wrote:
> Stefano,
> This change will cause significant issues for GraphicsMagick unless there is
> a workaround:
>   - Support for the two- and three-arguments invocation forms of the
>     AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE macro will be deprecated in the next minor version
>     of Automake (1.12.1) and removed in the next major version (1.13).
> GraphicsMagick invokes it like
>  ' ')
> The reason is because it avoids needing to edit (a really stupid
> practice) every time a new release tarball will be cut. Instead the version
> information to apply is computed by a script which is sourced by configure.
> What is the workaround for this?
Yes: the version-generating script should be executed at autoconf runtime 
here is what GNU coreutils does, for example:

  AC_INIT([GNU coreutils],
           m4_esyscmd([build-aux/git-version-gen .tarball-version]),

This usage is also compatible with older Automake versions BTW, so you could
start using it right now if you want.


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