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GNU Automake 1.8.4 released

From: Alexandre Duret-Lutz
Subject: GNU Automake 1.8.4 released
Date: Sat, 01 May 2004 19:15:05 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.1003 (Gnus v5.10.3) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

We're pleased to announce that Automake 1.8.4 was released on
April the 25th.

Automake is a tool for automatically generating `'s
suitable for use with Autoconf, compliant with the GNU Makefile
standards, and portable to various make implementations.

This is a bug fix release.  The list of bug fixes is appended below.

You can find the new release here:

Soon it will also appear on the sources and GNU mirrors listed here:

Here are the MD5 sums:

    57f405a10fc5990ed6120fbbef3ab502  automake-1.8.4.tar.bz2
    0875b1d44c584decfd0afa60a2381b9d  automake-1.8.4.tar.gz

Please report bugs to <address@hidden>.

Known issue not fixed in 1.8.4:

  Historically Automake has always tried to generate V7 format
  tarballs during `make dist'.  This format is quite antiquated, but
  is portable.  It supports filenames with up to 99 characters.  When
  given longer filenames some tar implementations will diagnose the
  problem while other will generate broken or non-V7 tarballs.  For
  instance GNU tar 1.13.25 will produce an archive with GNU
  extensions, while the latest GNU tar beta (1.13.93) will silently
  truncate filenames.

  Automake 1.9 will have options to select newer tar formats, and
  diagnose long filenames.  In the meantime we recommand that people
  who cannot avoid long filenames in their packages stick to GNU tar

Bugs fixed in 1.8.4:

* Long standing bugs:

  - Fix AM_PATH_PYTHON to correctly display $PYTHON when it has been
    overridden by the user.

  - Honor PATH_SEPARATOR in various places of the Automake package, for
    the sake of OS/2.

  - Adjust dependency tracking mode detection to ICC 8.0's new output.

  - Fix install-sh so it can install the `mv' binary... using `mv'.

  - Fix tru64 dependency tracking for libtool objects.

  - Work around Exuberant Ctags when creating a TAGS files in a directory
    without files to scan but with subdirectories to include.

* Bugs introduced by 1.8:

  - Fix an "internal error" when @LIBOBJS@ is used in a variable that is
    not defined in the same conditions as the _LDADD that uses it.

  - Do not warn when JAVAROOT is overridden, this is legitimate.

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