The generated-configure.sh script is dead, long live autoconf!

dalibor topic dalibor.topic at oracle.com
Tue Feb 6 09:36:41 UTC 2018


On 06.02.2018 09:51, Thomas Stüfe wrote:
> You are right, maybe adapting to autoconf 2.69 is the cleaner way to go
> instead of trying to make the builds run with an older autoconf.
It most likely is.

The older the autoconf is that one requires, the more problematic using 
the OS provided one becomes, as due to the murky past of autotools, OS 
vendors used to patch them quite extensively to try to work around the 
effects of incompatibilities in transitions between 2.13 and 2.50.

The autoconf civil wars took many years to settle down. See 
https://cygwin.com/ml/cygwin-announce/2001/msg00177.html for an example 
of the accidental complexity that the whole thing triggered.

cheers,
dalibor topic
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