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Re: Reliance on <config.h>

From: James Youngman
Subject: Re: Reliance on <config.h>
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2007 22:34:42 +0100

On 7/18/07, Ludovic Courtès <address@hidden> wrote:
Alternatively, maybe `gnulib-tool --import' should say something like
"Make sure `lib/config.h' is available, e.g., by adding
`AC_CONFIG_LINKS(bla bla)' to your `configure.ac' file."

I vote against adding more such messages.  gnulib-tool already
produces several times more output than is probably useful.   I would
vote for moving toward a situation where gnulib-tool optionally just
checks if you already did the things it thinks you should do.

My rationale is that the big-lost-of-things-to-do works fine for
first-time adopters, but for those who routinely run it, there is no
sense of incremental change; there's no easy way of noticing that an
extra recommendation has appeared.

Of course, all this is easier said than done, it's probably quite hard
to check that the caller has actually done that stuff.


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