Suggested packaging guideline: avoid running autoreconf

Till Maas opensource at
Sat Oct 11 18:31:36 UTC 2008

On Sat October 11 2008, Braden McDaniel wrote:
> When the estimate of "300 broken packages" was tossed out in the libtool
> 2.2.x thread, I figured there was no way *that* many packages could be
> running autoreconf or libtoolize.  But I have been surprised to find no
> advice against this practice in Fedora's packaging guidelines; and in
> light of that, the number is not quite so incredible.

There is a draft about this at:

> While forbidding the use of autoreconf (or similar: autoconf, automake,
> libtoolize, etc.) in specfiles is probably too extreme, I do think it's
> appropriate for the packaging guidelines to point out the pitfalls of
> this practice and advise packagers to avoid it where possible.

I have read either in the wiki or on this mailing list, that one should run 
autoreconf locally and create a patch from this, that is then used within the 

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