[Rpm-maint] [draft] spec file unification: autotools based projects

Bill Nottingham notting at redhat.com
Thu Jul 17 17:11:17 UTC 2008

Hans de Goede (j.w.r.degoede at hhs.nl) said: 
> I agree, blindly calling autoreconf is BAD really really BAD (take it 
> from someone who maintanis 200 packages). Often the autoreconf input 
> files were written for different versions of autofoo then are available 
> in the buildsys, also as Ralf says this goes against the design 
> principles of autofoo. I've often taken over packages from other people, 
> and removed calling autoreconf and instead patch both the .am and .in 
> manually (so that if autoreconf ever gets called again the patch sticks 
> around), fixing many bugs that way.

I agree as well - I'm not saying you *can't* call autoreconf if
you want to/need to and have tested it, but it should *not* be
policy to do so.


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