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From "James Clark (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (AXIS2C-250) Use AC_CONFIG_SUBDIRS to improve build experience
Date Wed, 06 Sep 2006 06:26:26 GMT
    [ http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AXIS2C-250?page=comments#action_12432763 ] 
            
James Clark commented on AXIS2C-250:
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AC_CONFIG_SUBDIRS is designed to handle precisely this case, where you have independent projects
with their own independent configure scripts. Here's an excerpt from the docs

`configure' scripts that
control more than one independent package can use `AC_CONFIG_SUBDIRS'
to run `configure' scripts for other packages in subdirectories.

 - Macro: AC_CONFIG_SUBDIRS (DIR ...)
     Make `AC_OUTPUT' run `configure' in each subdirectory DIR in the
     given whitespace-separated list.  Each DIR should be a literal,
     i.e., please do not use:

          if test "$package_foo_enabled" = yes; then
            $my_subdirs="$my_subdirs foo"
          fi
          AC_CONFIG_SUBDIRS($my_subdirs)

     because this prevents `./configure --help=recursive' from
     displaying the options of the package `foo'.  Rather, you should
     write:

          if test "$package_foo_enabled" = yes; then
            AC_CONFIG_SUBDIRS(foo)
          fi

     If a given DIR is not found, an error is reported: if the
     subdirectory is optional, write:

          if test -d $srcdir/foo; then
            AC_CONFIG_SUBDIRS(foo)
          fi


> Use AC_CONFIG_SUBDIRS to improve build experience
> -------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: AXIS2C-250
>                 URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AXIS2C-250
>             Project: Axis2-C
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: build system (Unix/Linux)
>    Affects Versions: Current (Nightly)
>            Reporter: James Clark
>            Priority: Minor
>
> The current build experience is suboptimal.  The standard way to build a package in the
open source world is 
>   tar xfz <tar ball>
>   cd <dir>
>   ./configure
>   make
>   sudo make install
> This should work for Axis2/C.
> autoconf provides AC_CONFIG_SUBDIRS, which would allow a configure in the axis2/c directory
to automatically run configure in subdirectories.  See the "Subdirectories" node of the autoconf
docs.

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