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Using an autotools based build system for Lapack, refblas

Dear Debian toolchain,

During my exploration, I came across this interesting observation,
told to me by a Gentoo user. Gentoo have a patch which actually
converts the refblas and Lapack distributions to an autotools based
system, like so:

I actually tried it, and it seems to be another neat way to handle the
package builds. It also adds entries to pkg-config, and is quite
nice. The familiar F77=gfortran ./configure does the job.

Though it may not be too useful in the Debian context, I still am
trying it out, and must say that it does a good job. If it is used,
it'll probably make the debian/rules a lot cleaner. However, we may
have to repackage the tarball on new upstream releases. What do you
say about this?


Kumar Appaiah,
458, Jamuna Hostel,
Indian Institute of Technology Madras,
Chennai - 600 036

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