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[sr #107986] autoconf should reject or specifically warn about obviously

From: David A. Wheeler
Subject: [sr #107986] autoconf should reject or specifically warn about obviously wrong configure.ac files
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2012 20:15:49 +0000
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Follow-up Comment #3, sr #107986 (project autoconf):

Oh, a quick note about the attached patch to require AC_INIT - this patch will
currently cause "make check" in autoconf to fail, because some of the autoconf
test cases don't call AC_INIT either :-(.

Possible solutions include:
1. Fix all the tests so that they use AC_INIT
2. Create an option flag meaning "do not require AC_INIT", and change those
tests to use it
3. Make omitting AC_INIT a warning, not an error.

All the above would *work*.  Turning the omission of AC_INIT into a warning
might be the easiest upward-compatible approach.  However, which one is most
acceptable to the autoconf developers?


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