Automake 1.4 (was: Problems compiling on NetBSD/m68k)

Per Bothner bothner at
Thu Feb 18 11:26:47 PST 1999

> Now I understand why the most reliable software as well as industry 
> happens not to use those things

This is a strange statement.  What is "the most reliable software"
and what are you comparing against?  GNU software is generally much more
reliable and has fewer errors that corresponing non-free programs.
That is orthogonal to automake, but automake has little to do with

"Industry" does not use "those things" because
(a) they only support a small number of platforms,
(b) they have a non-free-software culture.

Neither of these imply anything about whether free software projects
should use automake.

Admittedly, automake is relatively new, and is not as polished
as some other GNU offerings.  It is trying to solve (or ease)
a complex problem.  The alternative is a *lot* duplication
in Makefiles.

	--Per Bothner
Cygnus Solutions     bothner at

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