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Re: Bug#397939: Lintian: outdated-autotools-helper-file

Bas Wijnen <wijnen@debian.org> writes:

> Autoconf is pretty stable,

This has not been the experience of many of us.  I haven't had a lot of
trouble fixing things for newer releases of Autoconf, but I definitely
have seen issues.  And the Autoconf 2.13 to 2.50 transition and all the
subsequent instability was not that long ago.

> so I suppose you're talking about automake.  Because of its interface
> instability, you should never depend on "automake", but always on
> "automake1.10" (or whatever version you tested with).

Just FYI:

windlord:~> apt-cache policy automake1.10
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: (none)
  Version table:
windlord:~> apt-cache policy automake
  Installed: 1:1.10.1-2
  Candidate: 1:1.10.1-2
  Version table:
     1:1.10.1-3 0
        500 http://exodus.stanford.edu unstable/main Packages
 *** 1:1.10.1-2 0
        990 http://exodus.stanford.edu testing/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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