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From Randy Terbush <>
Subject Re: votes on 1.0.2
Date Tue, 13 Feb 1996 02:43:20 GMT
> In article <> you write:
> >I actually quite like autoconf, now that I understand a bit about it. The cute
> >thing is that it stands some chance of doing the right thing on OSes it has
> >never seen, and also of noticing improvements in existing OSes. That said,
> >I can't even _compile_ autoconf on SCO 3, haven't tried 5 yet.
> I "ported" by MUD code (which does serious non-blocking socket stuff, it's
> on par with apache for OS dependance) to autoconf at a time when I had
> access to sunos 4, and ultrix 4.  It worked with a minor tweak under
> dynix/ptx (had to write a gettimeofday() routine), and with no tweaks to
> linux.  After I upgraded to autoconf 2 it worked with no tweaks on solaris,
> irix, and bsdi.
> I'd say go for autoconf plus a file that lists modules.  Make sure you
> use autoconf 2 since you are starting from scratch.  Set it up so that
> most people can unpack, type ./configure (pick some useful default
> installation directory... maybe /usr/local/httpd) and make install.
> That's what people like ;)
> Dean

I agree that 'autoconf' is very "common". However I have yet to
see an autoconf session that prompted for user feedback. If we
do it right, we could eliminate the need to edit *any* files.

As for autoconf, it is basically done for us already in a file sitting
in incoming.

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