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Re: [RFC] Hits/directions to using autoconf and friends in Debian

On Sat, 13 Oct 2001, Denis Barbier wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 13, 2001 at 11:24:37AM -0300, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> > > > Packages that do autotools-dev-related work in autogen.sh
> > > > only need not such a build-dependency (but please document the packages
> > > > autogen.sh needs in comments at the top of that file!).
> > > 
> > > This isnt explained very well IMO.  What is autogen.sh?  It is vaguely
> > > explained at the end of your text, though I'm still not sure I get how its
> > > supposed to work.
> > 
> > I'll clarify a bit more. But it's a simple shell script that calls every
> > autotool/whatever program in the proper order. Just that.
> Is there a reason not to use autoreconf?

Yes. autoreconf does not know how to handle gettext, libtool, pipe
upstream-screwed-up-by-emacs python files through vim to expand tabs,
update a list of executable files that were added by diff and therefore lose
the +x attribute when unpacked by dpkg-source...

i.e.: you might want to do a LOT of other stuff, besides running autoreconf

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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