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From "David Reid" <>
Subject Re: RANT: Absolute Paths and configure
Date Mon, 03 Apr 2000 17:37:23 GMT
I think that that's one of the differences between autoconf for APR and
Apache.  The APR one grew slowly bit by bit and was tested at every step of
the way.  The beast in Apache was largely thrown together and some bits are
far too complicated for what we need.

Ralf and I did ask for a period of consideration, but that's not how we do
things, is it ;-)

Ryan's suggestion of flowcharting it would be a good starting point.  Then
we can start to improve it and more importantly, document it!  If we have a
document that says...

"To add xxx look at the code in aaa etc etc"

then it would be far easier.  The old stuff wasn't documented, but as you'd
all grown up with it it was like an old coat, well known and easy to mend
when it broke.  We need to give autoconf time and give ourselves time to get
more familiar and comfortable with it before we start throwing it all away.

----- Original Message -----
From: <>
To: <>; <>
Sent: Monday, April 03, 2000 3:03 PM
Subject: Re: RANT: Absolute Paths and configure

> > Well, we do have some/a-lot of what we needed with the old setup.
> > Is it time to drop autoconf? To be honest, I think part of the
> > problem is that no one here is an autoconf expert, and we're
> > fumbling our way through this. At least with the old way, it
> > was simple shell, somewhat easy to grok and we wrote it, so we
> > were more in tune with it.
> If we are going to replace AC, then I would like to keep AC for APR.  The
> APR AC stuff is relativly clean, and it does seem to work.  I am +0 for
> removing the current APR work.  I am +1 for fixing the current stuff and
> if we are unable to do so then remove it.
> Ryan
> Ryan Bloom              
> 406 29th St.
> San Francisco, CA 94131
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