Re: ./configure in debian/rules
Russ Allbery wrote:
Thomas Bushnell BSG <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
I'm one of the people who actually helped design the GNU Makefile and
configure standards, and --host does not "signal that you're
cross-compiling." What signals that you are cross-compiling is a
disagreement between --host and --build.
That's the old way. Autoconf changed this in the current releases. Now,
specifying --host signals that you're cross-compiling, whether it
disagrees or not.
Yes, this was not a backward compatible change. A lot of people were
upset about it. And yes, it was a change in the GNU Makefile and
configure standards. But see the current Autoconf manual:
the type of system on which the package will run. By default it
is the same as the build machine. Specifying it enables the
That is to say the least a very confusing statement. But OK, I suppose
that avoiding side-effects was not part of the reasoning behind this
Also, why is it then not an error to pass --host=X together with
--build=X? According to that description, this is the default and
enables both cross-compilation as well as native mode at the same time!!!
There's a long archived discussion on the Autoconf mailing list about it.
Will look at it, thanks.