[Monetdb-developers] buildtools configure.ac

Stefan Manegold Stefan.Manegold at cwi.nl
Thu Dec 28 13:31:12 CET 2006


Fabian,

shall I rename buildtools/configure.ac to buildtools/configure.bs
(it has to be "processed" by bootstrap, only, not by autogen (.ag) or
autoconf (.ac)),
or would that cause more problems for you then it would solve?

Stefan

On Tue, Dec 26, 2006 at 03:46:14PM +0100, Fabian Groffen wrote:
> On 26-12-2006 15:36:41 +0100, Stefan Manegold wrote:
> > 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.
> 
> I think it's too challenging to write a script to check whether an .ac
> file really is an .ac file.  Autoconf itself doesn't even do that.
> 
> > 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.
> 
> I worked around it by just bootstrapping the separate directories and
> copying configure.ac to configure.  That works for me, but still I find
> it confusing to find an .ac file which in fact isn't an ac file at all.
> (The same would hold if it would be called configure.in.)
> 
> 
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