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Re: One source, two binary packages

On 16 Apr 1998, Karl M. Hegbloom wrote:

> >>>>> "Santiago" == Santiago Vila <sanvila@unex.es> writes:
>     Santiago> Currently, you force to have those tools installed to
>     Santiago> everybody who wants to recompile the package.
>  Why is it a problem to require that `autoconf' and `automake' be
> installed?  Once you install the compiler, make, and the library -dev
> packages, why not just install the auto* programs too, to complete the
> system?

It makes the build environment dependant on an unnecessary tool.
Automake, autoconf, libtool, and gettext are all designed specifically so
they aren't required to rebuild sources using them.  Automake changes
reasonably frequently (as does libtool) and you can't be sure to get the
same version of the tool that you used.

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