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Re: Error message doesn't say, "error"

From: Bruce Korb
Subject: Re: Error message doesn't say, "error"
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 08:23:50 -0800

On Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 7:04 AM, Alfred M. Szmidt <address@hidden> wrote:
>   > Bruce, how about this?  I'd actually rather see the whole
>   > version.m4 mess be removed, but this is a decent fix for now.
>   A good and proper define-in-one-place fix for version stamps is a
>   really good idea.  Sticking the original version string into an
>   AC_INIT() m4 macro is _not_ a good idea.  It needs to be in a
>   readily accessible place.
> Which is exactly what AC_INIT does, it sets PACKAGE_VERSION,
> PACKAGE_NAME and other such variables that should be used instead.

Except that it cannot get propagated from there until configure time.
I've found that too late and needed at bootstrap (pre-configure) time.
Consequently, I think version stamping should be its own step.
A step done at  bootstrap time.

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