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Re: [PATCH] Moving anaconda to autoconf/automake



On 06/08/2009 04:34 PM, Bill Nottingham wrote:
David Cantrell (dcantrell redhat com) said:
This was a backburner project I had for a while, but I've updated it to
work with the latest source tree and feel now (early in F-12), it's a
good time to look at something like this.

The patch is large, but I've run it through splitdiff so you can look at
each file change:

     http://dcantrel.fedoraproject.org/anaconda/autognu/

As a contrary curmudgeon who dislikes the autotools... what does this gain us?

My main motivating factor was gaining the ability to write detailed API tests as we need them, to at least alert us to when libraries change out from under us. For example, right now I'm checking a few libraries for functions we use. It's a simple linking test now, but can be expanded as we see necessary.

The other thing I wanted to simplify was some of our Makefiles by turning them in Makefile.am files, which is essentially just setting variables.

Lastly, by having a ./configure script, it might possibly make anaconda more appealing to other projects looking for an installer, which could lead to more contributors down the road.

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David Cantrell <dcantrell redhat com>
Red Hat / Honolulu, HI


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