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Re: Heads up. Upgrading the autotools and expat versions

From: Richard Atterer <richard@list03.atterer.net>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 15:03:36 +0100
To: www-lib@w3.org
Message-ID: <20030321140336.GA4865@nenya.lan>

On Fri, Mar 21, 2003 at 01:08:35PM +0100, Jose Kahan wrote:
> If you're running under debian woody, you need to install the latest
> version of tools: automake1.5, autoconf2.50 (it's 2.53, btw). You'll
> have both the old and the new versions in your system. You need
> to use the new ones, of course. To do so, you need to type the version
> of the new one, e.g., autoheader2.50.

You could change the name of "configure.in" to "configure.ac", then the
Debian wrapper script for the auto* tools will default to calling the 2.5x
versions of the tools.

IMHO it'd also be nice if there were an "autogen.sh" file - the
bootstrapping instructions are a bit complex and it's hard to find them in
all the other documentation, whereas autogen.sh is pretty standard. 
Something as simple as the following script would do:

----------------------------------------------------------------------
#! /bin/sh -e
cmd() { echo "$@"; "$@"; }
cmd perl config/winConfigure.pl
cmd aclocal
cmd autoheader
cmd automake
cmd autoconf
----------------------------------------------------------------------

<mode="pedantic Debian developer">

Oh, and please don't forget to run "libtoolize -c -f" before making a 
release tarball, otherwise installing the latest, greatest libtool version 
will have little effect.

</mode> ;-)

Cheers,

  Richard

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