Re: autoconf/configure information sources?
On Thu, 18 Oct 2001, Alan Shutko wrote:
> Dale Scheetz <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > I've clearly found someone who "knows something" ;-)
> I'm merely an autoconf apprentice....
Well, I'm somewhere below novice and it seems the upstream author is
slightly ahead of my knowledge but not yet an apprentice ;-)
> > Ahh! I didn't realize this was an "added feature" by the author...
> Yup. In general, the autoconf philosophy is that it's fully
> automated, so I figured that this was author-added. Some digging
> through configure.in showed where it was done.
Yep, I found it there when I couldn't find any .m4 files in the source.
> >> * Ask upstream to put this stuff in configure flags (ie,
> >> --enable-crash-menu)
> > Can you expand on this a bit? (I'm just too ignorant to follow your logic)
> Sure. All of the questions asked should have command-line
> equivalents. Ie, instead of asking whether you should enable the
> crash menu, they should use something like
> AC_ARG_ENABLE(CRASH_MENU, Whether we should enable the crash menu,
Just how many options can I put on the command line? There are more than
10 instances of this macro. Could I add one more "feature" that would
control them all (like SET_DEFAULTS) and then modify the macro to check
for this and use the defaults instead of asking the question. Then I'd
only have to --enable-SET_DEFAULTS to stop the questions. This seems to be
a solution I could then just pass upstream and see what the developer does
> which would add a command-line argument to configure. When
> configuring, instead of being asked these questions, you'd construct a
> configure command line like
> ./configure --enable-crash-menu --disable-compile-palette ....
> That would be the most autoconfy way to do things like this.
> It may be that the upstream really wants to ask questions, so instead
> you could lobby for some kind of "configure config file" or something,
> that the debian packaging could put into place before running
> configure. This would require changes to their ASK_FEATURE macro.
I'm not sure I'm following you here. How would this differ from my above
> With a few changes, you could probably make it work by using
> config.cache and a modified macro, but it's really best if upstream
> were to help with this, so you don't have to do any messing in the
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