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Re: autoconf 2.59

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: autoconf 2.59
Date: 19 Nov 2003 09:27:43 -0800
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Akim Demaille <address@hidden> writes:

> I'm not sure what's the best solution here.

One possibility is to have a bootstrap procedure, which builds
autoconf from the system-available tools, and then rebuilds autoconf
using the newly generated autoconf.  Just like GCC, I'm afraid.

There's a similar problem with Bison.  (Bison has a bootstrap
procedure, which is better than Autoconf; but it's not yet complete,
since it doesn't use the newly built Bison to compile its own .y

Doing this all would take some work.  In the short run, perhaps the
first step should be to do the following steps before generating a new
version of Autoconf:

* Build and install Autoconf.
* make maintainer-clean
* (wave your magic wand here, to build stuff that needs building by hand)
* make dist

The "wave your magic wand" step can eventually be written down,
automated, and codified into a bootstrap procedure.

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