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From C...@PROCESS.COM (Rodent of Unusual Size)
Subject Re: [PATCH] Configure to say how to make Configuration
Date Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 GMT
>From the fingers of Paul Sutton flowed the following:
>
>I think that
>
>  a.  All binary kits ought to have the same set of modules, barring
>      exceptional circumstances on some OSes.
>
>  b.  The Configuration file ought to be present in both source and
>      binary distributions containing the set of modules that are
>      built into the binary version
>
>Thus we have consistency between OSes, and if the user downloads a source
>kit and does "./Configure; make" they end up with something functionally
>identical to downloading a binary for that OS. Consistency is good.

    I go along with most of this, but I suggest this as an alternative:

    a) Configuration.tmpl should have the canonical list of modules
       enabled.
    b) Binary distributions should contain a Configuration file based
       upon Configuration.tmpl, customised only to make it compilable
       (i.e., NO changes to the module list).
    c) Source-only distributions should NOT contain a Configuration
       file, thereby requiring the user to copy the Configuration.tmpl file
       and make any OS-specific changes.

    This results in the same consistency, but doesn't give source-only
    distributions a default Configuration file that might be broken for
    the eventual OS.

    #ken    P-)}

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