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Re: Autoconf 2.50

On Tue, May 22, 2001 at 05:59:22PM -0500, Gordon Sadler wrote:
> Seeing autoconf 2.50 in unstable today prompts this message. My
> understanding is 2.50 will not work out-of-the-box with 2.13
> configure.in's.
> If this is the case, shouldn't 2.50 be delegated to a different name,
> similar to gcc-2.95/3.0? or perhaps make use of alternatives similar to
> yacc, vi, etc?
> It's very good to have autoconf 2.50 available, and very shortly after
> release. However, almost 0 projects make use of it, those of us that
> install autoconf 2.50 would have to autoupdate all of our local sources,
> or revert to a local install of autoconf 2.13.
> Comments/recommendations?

There certainly are packages that use 2.50 already ... parted, for
instance, has had an:


at the top of it's configure.in for quite a while now ... and don't try
using anything less ;-)

2.50 claims to be `backwards-compatible with well-written configure
scripts' of 2.13 ...
(can't remember where I read that - must've been in the autoconf mailing
list archives ...)


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