Re: Shall packages build-depend on GNU auto-tools?
On Mon, 2001-10-08 at 18:54, W. Borgert wrote:
> what do you think? Shall packages build-depend on autoconf,
> automake, and libtool? After all, the Debian maintainer
> (or even the upstream maintainer) will run these tools. So
> debian/rules should just run ./configure && make. Maybe
> a "touch Makefile.in configure" before might be useful, but
> the build-dependencies seem wrong to me. As I understand,
> the GNU auto-tools should never be prerequisite to build a
> software package. Do I miss sth. important here?
Pretty much on track. The configure scripts and such should be fully
usable without having autoconf/automake installed. Libtool may be
needed, though. Otherwise, though, if a package requiers
automake/autoconf to build, it is considered a bug by the
autoconf/automake maintainers. Also, many projects (like GNOME) wont
accept packages that can't be built without just ./configure && make &&
Hope that clarifies.
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