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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 1/3] config.sub: Update config.sub to latest version

On Thu, May 16, 2019 at 01:13:30PM +0200, Olaf Hering wrote:
> On Thu, May 16, Jan Beulich wrote:
> > At least to me it is far from obvious why we would want/need to
> > do this update, or where the canonical "latest version" lives and
> It is not yet Friday. But I do blame GNU anyway for missing the obvious
> missing part in their 'configure;make;make install' paradigm:
> './autogen.sh' is what MUST be done before that. autotools are not
> runtime dependencies, they can be freely upgraded at any time.
> It is 2019. Every variant of autotools out there works reasonable well.
> So please remove the configure crap from the repo, and leave just
> autogen.sh, m4/ and configure.ac in the SCM.

To be clear, I wouldn't mind dropping configure, but I think some older
autotools don't provide as many options as the new ones. If I were
building on a older distros I would appreciate having more flexibility
with the committed configure script.

I guess all I can say at this point is that I haven't done a survey on
the differences of the autotools shipped in all the distros we care
about (especially the older ones), so I would err on the safe side to
keep the in-tree configure script.


> Thanks.
> Olaf

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