[TUHS] Gnu/Stallman (was Bugs in V6 'dcheck')

Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Tue Jun 3 04:44:46 AEST 2014

On Jun 2, 2014, at 11:35 AM, John Cowan <cowan at mercury.ccil.org> wrote:

> arnold at skeeve.com scripsit:
>> This is only possible because of the standardization efforts at the
>> C and POSIX levels.  Remember that Autoconf/Automake were invented to
>> solve the issue of all the forks: SunOS / Solaris / HP-UX / Ultrix /
>> MIPS / Pryamid / DG-UX / ad nauseum.   Lots of things that were almost but
>> not quite entirely like V7 or System V Unix.
> Oh, absolutely.  But Autotools themselves are very unstable, so we've
> apparently replaced spatial variation with longitudinal variation.
> The Chicken project was undergoing too much churn trying to run correctly
> with different installed versions of Autotools.  So we switched to CMake,
> but that was even more unstable, and couldn't handle a bootstrapped
> self-compiler well.
> So finally we switched to the current scheme of Makefile fragments.
> Each fragment specifies appropriate cc and ld options, including libraries
> required, and then writes out a chicken-defaults.h file with a bunch of
> HAVE_* macros.  That's all that's needed.

Sounds a bit like imake-uberliteā€¦  Or should I not mention imake lest the love-fest for all things evil continue on it. :)


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