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Re: Multi-OS Makefiles
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Re: Multi-OS Makefiles
- From: Ben Goren <ben_(_at_)_trumpetpower_(_dot_)_com>
- Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2004 09:26:30 -0700
On 2004 Aug 8, at 3:19 AM, Marc Espie wrote:
>> As long as we're bashing autoconf...why on Earth can't it cache some
>> those things?
> Because autoconf doesn't have the semantic knowledge to do that.
And that's exactly my point. If autoconf weren't such a horrid kluge to
begin with, there wouldn't be all those ad-hock scripts to check for
dependencies. There'd be a clean, simple interface and a standard
repository of functions to make the checks. You'd only have to roll
your own if somebody hadn't already done so--in which case you'd be
strongly encouraged to contribute your check back to the pool. Heck,
it'd probably wind up being a cousin to locate(1), too.
The fact that it's not is enough to warrant the autohell label all by
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