[rt-devel] Re: Autoconfiscation

Stanislav Sinyagin ssinyagin at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 11 14:07:06 EDT 2002

--- Jesse Vincent <jesse at bestpractical.com> wrote:
> > What about getting use of autoconf/automake? 
> Autoconf scares me. That doesn't mean I won't use it, but it's a
> heavyweight tool that's rather complex and obtuse. Also, I suspect 
> it might complicate the win32 port somewhat, though that's based on a 
> hunch, not on any actual facts.   I'd be thrilled to have something 
> autoconf-like that's written in perl, if it exists.  I'd definitely take
> a good long look at a contributed autoconfiscation of RT's install
> process, if someone was feeling so bold.  Frankly, I'm not convinced
> that a Makefile is really the right option for a large tool that's
> entirely in perl, but I don't actually have a better proposal at this
> point.

I haven't looked at win32 port, is it not using Cygwin?
Under Cygwin, autotools work fine. 

I was scared too, though bold enough to put it into my working 
project, which was already quite big. 
It takes some time to get used to autotools. And of course it's slower
because of tons of shell scripts. But then it saves tons of 
developer's time. 
There's only one beginner's guide that I could find in the net:

I'm eager to help, but I'm not the autotools guru, I only started 
using them few months ago.


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