Using autoconf in debian source packages
excuse me if this has been brought up before, I didn't find it in my
own debian-devel archive since September.
Now that a lot of upstream packages use GNU autoconf to provide
portability, I see essentially two approaches to take advantage for
- We can use autoconf's cache mechanism to define a standard core
debian environment in which all packages using autoconf are
built. Apart from speeding up the sometimes lengthy configure run,
this helps to avoid inconsistencies among binary packages.
- If we want our source packages to build on non-debian systems, use
autoconf to make sure the system has been correctly installed
(cf. Bug #1880 dpkg-1.0.5 doesn't build on non-debian system)
I'm aware of these being only vague ideas; perhaps someone more
aquainted with autoconf than me can comment on it.
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