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Re: automake 1.5

On Mon, Oct 08, 2001 at 03:03:13PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:

> The long term solution, apparently, is for packages to not Build-Depend:
> on automake. This means that packages should ship their .orig.tgz/diff.gz
> with automake already run, which may require the maintainer to run
> automake by hand after downloading new upstream source, rather than just
> having it be part of debian/rules. There's some rumours that this isn't
> enough, since automake likes to generate Makefiles that call automake
> themselves, and that this can be bad.

Such rumours are false.  Supposing the maintainer has correctly run
auto* by hand, the resulting sources will build just fine *without*
automake installed.

The generated Makefiles will have rules that nominally run "automake".
But they in fact run a little script that will: run automake if present
on the system or, if automake is not present, just touch the "generated"
file(s) (the script will complain, but you can ignore that message).

by Rocket to the Moon,
by Airplane to the Rocket,
by Taxi to the Airport,
by Frontdoor to the Taxi,
by throwing back the blanket and laying down the legs ...
- They Might Be Giants

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