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From "Samisa Abeysinghe (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (AXIS2C-250) Use AC_CONFIG_SUBDIRS to improve build experience
Date Sat, 16 Sep 2006 02:26:22 GMT
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Samisa Abeysinghe commented on AXIS2C-250:

going through the autoconf manula, what I understand is that, with AC_CONFIG_SUBDIRS we can
have seperate configure scripts built for each sub-project in sub directory.
Then we can call make and make install on each sub diresctory independantly. However, AC_CONFIG_SUBDIRS
is applicable only for sub dirs which are living inside main source tree. When we move the
sub-project out of the source tree, it may live in a seperate folder, so we cannot use the
AC_CONFIG_SUBDIRS command any more.

However, talking about the 
configure; make; make install experiance, I agree this is bad. We cannot ever support this
simple build structure with the current layout. It looks to me that the simple build and try
user experiance is more useful than having a complex independent package structure. Hence
I think we should re-consider the idea of moving these independant packages out of the project,
at the cost of better user experiance. (Well better user experiance is a benifit really, not
a cost so I should re-phrase "achive better user experiance, at the cost of dropping the concept
of indepencent package structure) 

In simple terms, it is a tradeoff between better user experiance vs independant sub projects.
I am compelles to buy into better use experiance.

> Use AC_CONFIG_SUBDIRS to improve build experience
> -------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: AXIS2C-250
>                 URL:
>             Project: Axis2-C
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: build system (Unix/Linux)
>    Affects Versions: Current (Nightly)
>            Reporter: James Clark
>         Assigned To: Sanjaya Ratnaweera
>            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

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