On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 5:11 PM, Marc Espie <es...@nerim.net> wrote:
> external people regularly ask "but why you don't want  to use GNU/m4 GNU/make
> GNU/whatever ?"

External people seem to ask weird questions.

I just had to dig into autoconf/auto* because it seems to be a "must
have" for a "portable" project. Yuck! It is a reason why I don't
understand and at the same time deeply respect our ports people: they
have to mess with this stuff all the time!

For all the GNU people, here is how a Makefile for hello.c should look like:
PROG= hello
NOMAN= yes
.include <bsd.prog.mk>

Yes, you're supposed to provide a man page hello.1 and remove the NOMAN line :)


> Well, latest one, turns out gnu-m4 has reaaaally sloppy regexp handling.
> Namely, stuff like
> regexp(`n', `?')
> *works* with gm4...
> I know somewhat incredible...  our regexpes obviously will not like ? like
> that, since it's not a normal character, and gnu regexp handling is such
> a bluberring piece of code that it works... very reproducible, very so secure.
> Reminds me of gnu libtool dropping silently stuff it doesn't understand...
> oh wait, of course, *that* regexp is in the autoconf much leading to
> gnu libtool.
> Gee, what a surprise...

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