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From Graham Leggett <minf...@sharp.fm>
Subject Re: [PATCH] Do not include <uuid.h> and <uuid/uuid.h> in same file
Date Thu, 23 Feb 2006 16:43:50 GMT
William A. Rowe, Jr. wrote:

>> My gut says if we cannot solve this trivial problem over the course of 
>> three+
>> months due to a utter lack of competency in autoconf (and lack of time by
>> the small handful who understand it), perhaps the project should consider
>> alternatives to autoconf as we start looking down the road at APR 2.0.0?
>>
>> Does anyone have any positive experiences with other configuration and 
>> feature
>> detection tools?

I recently had to get my hands dirty getting a 17 year old combination C 
and C++ codebase cleaned up and the build system replaced from scratch, 
and in the process got quite good at doing autoconf + automake + 
libtool. We kept the config pretty standard, and found that as long as 
you keep things simple and straightforward autoconf works pretty well.

But regardless, a build tool needs to do at least this:

- Track dependancies properly. If changing a header file does not cause 
corresponding rebuild of code, the build system is broken.

- Be as platform independant as possible. Here autoconf scores lots of 
points by having had wide exposure and a long history.

- Be reasonably straightforward to use. Here autoconf is not as clear, 
but we did find that a lot of clarity comes from creating your 
configure.ac's in as standard a way as possible.

Regards,
Graham
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