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From Ben Laurie <>
Subject Re: Ermm ... another thing
Date Sun, 25 Aug 1996 14:51:25 GMT
Alexei Kosut wrote:
> On Sat, 24 Aug 1996, Ben Laurie wrote:
> > Actually, I don't think this is quite right. The license in config.guess says:
> > 
> > # As a special exception to the GNU General Public License, if you
> > # distribute this file as part of a program that contains a
> > # configuration script generated by Autoconf, you may include it under
> > # the same distribution terms that you use for the rest of that program.
> > 
> > That is, we actually need to use Autoconf to generate the script. I suggest
> > we use Autoconf to configure a product called "Platform" which echoes the
> > output of config.guess. We then make Configure run the autoconf for Platform,
> > then run Platform, unless PLATFORM is set, in which case we use that.
> No, this isn't necessary. We actually will use autoconf to generate a
> configure script, based on the one we use now.
> > I'd do this, except I don't have Autoconf.
> Luckily, I do. I've uploaded to /httpd/incoming/ a Configure.tar. THis
> contains a new Configuration, Configure,, config.guess,
> config.sub and install-sh (which are needed for autoconf-generated scripts
> to work). Just edit Configuration, type Configure, and voila.
> > We'd also have to change a few other things, I presume, for example, IRIXNIS
> > would have to have NIS factored out (presumably as a Rule), and similarly
> > for 486 support.
> IRIX users using NIS will have to add -lsun to EXTRA_LFLAGS themselves,

I'd rather they set a rule and Configure added -lsun.

> but if I read this correctly, a 386-based FreeBSD will show up as
> i386-unknown-freebsd and a 486-based one as i486-unknown-freebsd.
> The only problems are the few systems that config.guess doesn't guess
> explicitly (I don't have acess to all of them, so I don't know what it
> actually comes back with). These are OS/2, QNX, Unixware, UTS, and UXP/DS.
> Some of these may work, but others simply will not. I'm not quite sure how
> to deal with that.

Err, surely we just extend config.guess to cover them? We are allowed to do
that, I trust?



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