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Re: config.sub, upstream author responsibility?

On Sat, Jun 02, 2001 at 10:08:45PM +0200, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> Why is a fault of upstrem when the program needs the information on which
> platform it will be compiled to do some architecture specific settings?
> There are even several programs out that need to be ported to every single
> platform (e.g. OpenOffice).

My claim, however radical it may be, is that this is bad behavior.

On POSIX, and especially Debian GNU/* you _shouldn't_ need to do
architecture specific things. Sure, things like assembly optimization
and tweaking compiler flags are nice, but they shouldn't be required
for compilation. Compiling an unoptimized, untested version is better
than the compilation failing just because there's a chance that it
would fail if it tried.

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