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Re: [bug-gnulib] minimum autoconf version

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: [bug-gnulib] minimum autoconf version
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2006 14:59:24 +0200
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Paul Eggert writes:

> The code currently assumes Autoconf 2.60 but could be backported easily

I think it's important to leave people a choice. Autoconf 2.60 will have
different bugs than autoconf-2.59, which had different bugs than 2.57.
I think it's fine to now drop support for autoconf-2.57 and -2.58. But
forcing people to using a specific release is creating constraints that
are weird to satisfy. For example, if someone wants to keep using
po/Makefile.in.in from gettext-0.14.x, at first sight he cannot upgrade
to autoconf-2.60 without getting warnings. (OK, he can if he uses
AC_DATAROOTDIR_CHECKED, but maybe he then falls into some bugs we don't
know about yet.)

A few years ago, the required versions of glibc and gcc were tied;
likewise the versions of autoconf and automake were constrained. These
were major annoyances. And with gnulib, we don't want to annoy people.


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