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Re: Non-Debian packaging practice

"Junichi Uekawa" <dancer@netfort.gr.jp> wrote in message 87bqwdxo90.dancerj%dancer@netfort.gr.jp">news:87bqwdxo90.dancerj%dancer@netfort.gr.jp...

Is there a document describing software packaging good practices for
general use, not specific to Debian, preferably in electronic form?

You might be looking for autoconf/automake (although it's a bit rusty,
and quite a few people loathe it, it's one working current standard we

I'm not sure why people don't like the autotools. They generally work very well. The makefiles they make are even able to re-run the autotools to update itself when needed!
They generally work well.

I know of only three problem areas:
1. User error. This is when the tools don't work correctly to do something that is possible, because
   the user is doing it incorreectly.
2. Doing things that are just not supported. Sometimes people will try to do certain things that the tools were never intednded to be able to do. It should surprise nobody when there is trouble. Sometimes the autotools are blamed for causing problems with unsupported features that are actually due to something
   else like GNU gettext.
3. Version differences: This is a legitamate gripe. The autotools don't work nearly as wel as they could when developers
 are using different versions. However, I see no way to easilly fix this.

So I must ask why do people dislike the autotools? Are there really problems that outweigh the benefits of being able
to compile the program on strange architectures with little difficulty?
Remember that the autotools let one compile the program in the same way on a GNU/Linux system, Cygwin, BSD, and
a large number of commercial unixes.

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