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Re: havelib's AC_LIB_HAVE_LINKFLAGS in conditionals

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: havelib's AC_LIB_HAVE_LINKFLAGS in conditionals
Date: Tue, 07 Aug 2007 19:01:09 -0600
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According to Micah Cowan on 8/7/2007 6:50 PM:
>>> The use of ./configure --with-libssl-prefix=<some path> has stopped
>>> working; I did some investigating, and it appears that the following
>>> code is problematic:
> Not considering that I had no idea (yet) whether it was a question of
> misuse (autoconf-related issue), or a bug in AC_LIB_HAVE_LINKFLAGS's
> implementation. And while gnulib, as a whole, may require automake, the
> module regarding which I had a question does not.

I'm not sure how that works.  Yes, my understanding is that libssl is a
gnulib client, but then it seems like you should have been asking on the
libssl list.  I don't see wget listed in gnulib/users.txt; do we need to
add an entry?  However, I am positive that gnulib-tool won't work without
automake's Makefile.am, and very few packages are able to use gnulib
without gnulib-tool in the current scheme of things.

> Posting to the list whose topic was the module with which I was having
> trouble seemed appropriate to me. Especially since gnulib was designed
> for people to grab just the code and/or documentation they need from it:
> my understanding is that it is more of a collection of code for various
> things, than a "library" per se. The fact that some /other/ code that is
> a part of gnulib, but which wget does not use, requires automake, does
> not appear particularly relevant, to me.

Apologies if my first email sounded harsh.  On re-reading what I wrote, I
think my tone came across more negatively than I intended.  It was not so
much a chide of your decision to post here (after all, many of us on this
list subscribe to multiple lists, and happily do our best to answer a
question regardless of where it is posted, under the philosophy that open
source replies open answers); as it was a note that for archival purposes,
someone else having a similar autoconf problem will not think to search
this list.

> Of course, the _answer_ to my problem, was pretty much an autoconf
> issue, and not specific to gnulib, but how was I to know that until I
> had my answer? :)

But to bring things back to gnulib, let us know if you are interested in
moving wget over to automake and gnulib, and if you need any help in that

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