Re: ./configure in debian/rules
Thomas Bushnell BSG <email@example.com> writes:
> Russ Allbery <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>> 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?
It may have, although I don't know what it said before. What it says now
appears to be consistent with the current Autoconf behavior, although
apparently doesn't require it:
To compile a program to run on a host type that differs from the build
type, use the configure option --host=hosttype, where hosttype uses
the same syntax as buildtype. The host type normally defaults to the
If it says anything else about this topic, I can't find it in a quick look
before a meeting. There doesn't appear to be any specific mention of
"mismatch" or the like, so a very strict reading of the above would imply
that the behavior is undefined if --host is specified but equal to the
build type (since the standards document doesn't explicitly spell out what
Russ Allbery (email@example.com) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>