4 Mar I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and now I thought it was the time to implement it and make it public: I’d like to write some complete and. 15 Mar Things get even more interesting when you think that there is the Autoconf Archive – which, by the way, references Autotools Mythbuster as. 6 Feb You might have noticed after yesterday’s post that I have done a lot of visual changes to Autotools Mythbuster over the weekend. The new style.

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Perl Scripting for Windows Security. You can’t do that with an Autoconf configure script in a way that you can merge back to your streambecause it’s generated.

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aautotools I think so, if you pre-generate the mthbuster files for every platform and distribute them all in the tarball.

The compiler output is And at this point, it’s perfectly fine for a new project to assume some baselines like POSIX and even C99 unless you’re targeting Windows I think more like “differently bad”. Do you know if any of the competitors are good at both of these things? Is there a plan to port it to something else?

Of course on obscure systems it will fail.

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Sadly they are using 2. There is plenty of cruft there to detect and take care of.

Looks like crap to me. About the sources, there is another issue: Instead of providing a full detailing of the workings of the components, which most consumers are not interested on, this guide focuses on building useful, solid and distribution-friendly packages, that developers can submit to distributions without mythbustdr to jump through hoops to get them accepted.

That being said, CMake has its own quirks, and I would rather use a build system where build files are written in a real scripting language like Python on Ruby, but I don’t know of any such build system that is well supported on a wide variety of systems with minimal hassle for the user who is compiling the software.


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Nowadays some build tools don’t even attempt to solve this problem and only target Windows, Mac OS X, and Ubuntu, and usually only the latest version of each. I’d argue that for Qt this approach makes autootools because they provide a well defined API that they stick too.

You claim it’s impossible, but it’s literally no more magic than you use in your example. If you want to get started with autotools, try to build yourself a minimal autotools project. Where in your Makefile are file dependencies declared? More and more people lately have been asking for a way to have the guide available offline, either as ebook ePub or PDF or packaged.

Just what I want, a KiB configure file that doesn’t even work. I just noted that you are mistaken about how hard is is to specify dependencies. It’s a hard problem, as evidenced by the inherent complexity in autotools, but there are a lot of smart folks who could apply their effort towards that goal.

Faster building with tools like Ninja Here’s a project that uses CMake effectively: Make seems like a really poorly execution of a good concept. Can you prove the correct link? It’s not as nasty as it sounds but still pretty nasty: I think removing all that might piss off someone but they’re refusal to upgrade shouldn’t hold back everyone. Your build directory contains a generated configuration state generated by GNU autoconf, for exampleand a wrapper Makefile that reads the configuration and builds everything maybe by invoking a “real” Makefile in the source directory if you’re lucky, maybe by having a bunch of ugly Makefiles generated in the build directory too, as GNU automake does.


Having had to guess why a build breaks, I like to get back to very explicit stuff. Autoconf, semantically, does not care whether your compiler is actually a, say, C compiler. Network Backup with Bacula How-To. One thing that make appears completely unable to do cleanly is to build things twice, with different flags. Visual Basic For Dummies. Which requirement is that? But I get your point.

At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. Something that can show more practical information about autotools rather than the references shipping with them, and a way to collect the good information out of my blog.

The documentation would still be available to everybody for free, under a CreativeCommons BY-NC-SA license but still open to relicensing for other uses if you ask me — I know there was a site that had a way to declare that explicitly but I forgot the name, I remember it having to do with pineapples though.

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I do a lot of distro packaging work, and I can say, without a doubt, that the most problematic software to package are the ones that don’t use the autotools. Run gcc with output to a filename that includes the pid, strip eveything after the first “. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. It’s pretty near the bottom of any list I’d draw up.

Perhaps “Autotools Life Preserver” or something would be more accurate. You know, like ‘build a release version and a debug version’. CMake is more attractive to me, because it allows me to do simple stuff easily, but more complicated operations are also possible.