From: Simon Wistow Date: 14:21 on 13 Jan 2004 Subject: automake I cannot actually believe that somebody thought that automake and all its brethren were the best solution to the problem of installing things in C. I mean, it's not like it removes all external dependencies since you have to have the right version of automake installed (and slight differences in version can make a big difference), it's not easy to grok let alone write and requires lots of tweakignt o get it to run right on different platforms. I started this week actually looking forward to coming into work - I had stuff I really wanted to do. By this morning I was doing subconcious work avoidance. The reason - M4 macros. And a bit of XS but mostly M4 macros. From the dire documentation, crap syntax and just general square peg round hole nature of the whole thing automake is truly hateable software.
From: peter Date: 18:18 on 13 Jan 2004 Subject: Re: automake > I mean, it's not like it removes all external dependencies since you > have to have the right version of automake installed If you don't have automake at all, installs actually work better. :) And when the alternative was Larry Wall's "Configure" or Imake.... Me, I'm a big fan of "edit the makefile".
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