Autotools

Matthew Burgess matthew at linuxfromscratch.org
Thu Dec 7 10:26:31 PST 2006


> This is a formal request to either integrate Tushar's hint on installing
> multiple versions of autotools into the LFS book, or move autotools to
> BLFS and integrate the hint there.

Well, I've long wanted to get rid of the autotools from LFS but for purely
selfish reasons (I've never had a need to use them, so their relatively
long SBU times caused by their testsuites are rather painful to bear).

Whilst LFS is used by its audience for different purposes (security,
small(ish) footprint, etc.), I'm not sure that the autotools add anything
to the book.  Most of the other packages are installed because they're
prerequisites for building/running other packages in the book or are
otherwise expected to be on the majority of Linux systems (e.g. the
utilities from procps and psmisc).  I can't remember the last time we
needed to run `autoreconf' or similar in the LFS instructions.

If, as it appears, the versions we install in LFS are causing you folks in
BLFS headaches, I'd prefer to just let you install the version(s) you
require rather than force the latest version on you resulting in either of
us having to track regressions.

Regards,

Matt.




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