[kaffe] Re: [kaffe] Upgrading autotools requirements to a more recent version

Jim Pick jim at kaffe.org
Sat Jan 25 09:11:02 PST 2003

Nobody likes to mess with the auto* tools.

How about if we put together a separate small "toolchain"
package that developers can install, which contains versions
of the auto* tools that can be installed in an non-intrusive
location.  We'd release a new toolchain tarball periodically.

Then anybody would be able to update the configure scripts.

A more controversial move would be to remove the
autogenerated bits from CVS - then people building from
CVS would be forced to use autogen.sh and the toolchain.
I'm interested in what CVS users think about that.  I think
we could meet the needs of casual CVS users by just doing
more frequent releases.

Personally, I think we should continue to check in the
autogenerated bits (eg. configure and the Makefile.in's)
for the time being.


 - Jim

> Hi,
> I'd like to do another round of asking who's using
> what version of auto* tools, and if upgrading kaffe to
> use the latest versions would be desirable or cause
> problems. See this thread for the last discussion of
> the issues involved:
> http://www.kaffe.org/pipermail/kaffe/2002-December/028418.html
> I'd like to raise the discussion again, because
> a) Pat has 'leaped ahead' of automake 1.4 and autoconf
> 2.13 on his system.
> b) Dan has been using latest auto* tools for a while
> (and libtool from CVS) without much problems.
> c) Tim doesn't like to mess with auto* tools :)
> d) I'd prefer to use the latest & greatest autotools
> for a few reasons, one of them being able to merge
> Dan's libtool-from-CVS patch.
> I've CC:ed Pat, Tim and Dan because they've sent in
> patches for the build system recently, but I'd like to
> hear everyone else's opinion, too.
> best regards,
> dalibor topic
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