Hello Björn,

This would be great!  I'm not sure about the type attribute - <action 
type="cheetah_command" may be ok, but maybe a more generic type like <action 
type="template_command" would be better.  I'm not quite sure, so go with what 
you feel is best.

Thanks for looking into this!

Greg Von Kuster

On Jul 7, 2013, at 5:50 AM, Björn Grüning 
<bjoern.gruen...@pharmazie.uni-freiburg.de> wrote:

> Hi,
> I was thinking how to tackle the build failures like the atlas library
> on OS-X or the ones from xlib and ease the writing of the shell_command
> a little bit.
> Dave B did some fancy shell scripting in 'package_emboss_5_0_0' and I
> was also sometimes forced to use some bash tricks.
> What about to make that more easy and powerful, and as a plus more
> consistent with the tool-command tag, and use cheetah for that kind of
> work.
> Something like that could work easily:
> #if ${os.environ}.getVar('X11_LIB_DIR', None):
>       ./configure ... --x-includes=....
> #else:
>       ./configure
> #end if
> Also we could define some reserved variables like $__is64__ and cheetah
> evaluate that. $INSTALL_DIR and $REPOSITORY_DIR can also be a cheetah
> variable and we do not need to replace it later manually.
> What do you think any comments?
> If no one has any objections I can try to implement an <action
> type="cheetah_command">.
> Thanks,
> Björn

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