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Re: autotools hurts my brain; it's a monster out of control



On Fri, Dec 05, 2008 at 12:28:44AM -0500, Peter Jones wrote:
> Ulrich Drepper wrote:
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> >John Dennis wrote:
> >>I've had my fill of autotool problems (especially libtool)
> >
> >Don't throw in libtool with the rest.  libtool was available in the
> >spirit of the auto tools only in its very first version (which of those
> >reading this only Jim and Tom will know).  Then came the windows and
> >HP-SUX idiots and ruined it.  I've for the longest time said libtool
> >should not be used (and I don't do it in my code).  In the worst case a
> >simple Linux-only replacement for libtool should be used.
> 
> I agree that a Linux-only replacement for libtool should be used, if at 
> all.  So why isn't there one available in Fedora that deps on "libtool" 
> will pick by default?

A Linux only replacement is of minimal interest to large majority of
libs in Fedora which are portable across multiple OS. Very few libs
are  truely Linux only

Daniel
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