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From "Ralf S. Engelschall" <>
Subject Suggestion: shtool
Date Thu, 22 Apr 1999 16:37:22 GMT

Just to drop you a note and to get back a little feedback on a suggestion: 

I've released all the shell scripts I've written and assembled over the last
years into a single and large shtool script which is now released on and will be maintained by me in the
future, too. It includes even cleaned up version of the src/helpers/ scripts
I've used for APACI one year ago. And because even GuessOS is included it
would be possible to completely replace all src/helpers/* scripts with a
single(!) src/helpers/shtool script. 

I'm not really keen on doing this, because of side-effects or whatever else.
But it at least sounds reasonable.  Because a lot of bugfixes were already
done for shtool which aren't present in the src/helpers/* stuff and I cannot
maintain two things in parallel, of course. OTOH shtool includes things we
still don't need in Apache. 

So my suggestion is this: People like Jim and other shell-gurus should take a
look at shtool and decide on their own whether it's reasonable to incorporate
this work or whether it's reasonable to keep the current state and maintain it
seperately just for Apache. As I said, I've no strong opinions and just think
it would be reasonable to use shtool. 

For a real-life usage of shtool inside a source tree look at the MM library
source tree (see There lshtool is a little
older variant of shtool and there you can see how it seamlessly integrates
with Makefiles, libtool, etc.

At least for Apache 1.4/2.0 it sounds reasonable to use shtool, of course :)

                                       Ralf S. Engelschall

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