[Monetdb-developers] buildtools configure.ac

Stefan Manegold Stefan.Manegold at cwi.nl
Tue Dec 26 15:36:41 CET 2006

There's simply one reason: "enforce" that /bootstrap is run before
configure; and as usually, bootstrap creates configure from configure.* .

Why * = "ac" and not "ag" or "in" -- well, bascially because there are
{Mx,mel,burg}/configure.ac, not {Mx,mel,burg}/configure.ag or
{Mx,mel,burg}/configure.in . 

Both, the top-level "bootstrap" & "configure[.ac]" are just wrappers that
call the respective conifugre of Mx, mel, burg .

Looking into configure.ac, you might have noticed that it is not "real"
configure.ac at all.

If the .ac is a problem for some script, feel free to remane it too
something else (configure.bs (for "bootstrap", i.e., the "tool" that
eventually creates configure)?), but I'd prefer (in fact recommend) to not
call it confiure (without extension) as that could suggest that no bootstrap
is required, which is not the case.


On Tue, Dec 26, 2006 at 02:29:06PM +0100, Fabian Groffen wrote:
> I'm trying to bootstrap buildtools but foud out that buildtools is
> shipped with an configure.ac which isn't an ac file, but just plain
> configure itself (as the local bootstrap script just copies it to
> configure).  This is hard to detect for my generic scripts who like to
> generate a configure from the .ac file.  Is there a reason why this ac
> file exists?  If not, I'd be happier if it could just be renamed to
> configure instead, as I don't think this is the right solution.
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