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Re: split bootstrap in two phases

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: split bootstrap in two phases
Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2022 01:43:10 +0200

Hi Bruce,

> >> The second phase is a script 'autogen.sh'.
> I'd like to object to that name. :)

There is no actual collision, because your tool is 'autogen' [1],
and this is 'autogen.sh'. Also, since a significant percentage of the
users don't have '.' in $PATH, the instructions say to run './autogen.sh';
hence there is no conflict with any program in /usr/bin.

But I admit there may be some confusion.

> I offered to help Miguel de Icaza with his Gnome project,
> he didn't want the help, but did adopt my project's name.

Oh, so the similarity between the names is not completely fortuitous.

But meanwhile the name has spread; it is now even used in the Linux
kernel [2]. I guess it's too late to turn back the clock. "This train
has departed", we say in German.

> I've even gotten some folks to ask me for help with their
> bootstrapping scripts because they were named, "autogen.sh".
> So, please, not that. :)

You could see it as a business opportunity :)


[1] https://www.gnu.org/software/autogen/

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