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Re: ./configure in debian/rules

Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> writes:

> Thomas Bushnell BSG <tb@becket.net> 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.

I'm not sure this was appropriate.  Autoconf may be the most frequent
generator of configure scripts, but the standards for the operation of
configure scripts are not written by autoconf.

So, leaving aside the autoconf manual, did the actual GNU configure
standards change?


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