cvs commit: ALFS syntax.txt

Lee Saferite dsaferite at
Wed Mar 27 23:27:53 PST 2002

On Wed, 27 Mar 2002 19:12:03 -0500
"Seth W. Klein" <sk at> wrote:

> Lee Saferite <dsaferite at> wrote:
> > 
> > On Wed, 27 Mar 2002 22:42:29 +0000
> > Mark Ellis <mark.uzumati at> wrote:
> > 
> > > I notice you left <command> out of <make> and <configure>. I agree
> > > that adding a different command to these turns them into <execute>
> > > in disguise, it might just be more self documenting to have this 
> > > capability in the profile.
> > 
> > I figure, if you need to do a <command>, then you should use the
> > <execute> or find another way to do it.  if you have a strong enough
> > set of core elements, you don't need that kind of fluff.  Sorry if I
> > make anyone angry.  ;)
> I really like <command> in <configure>. It would irk me highly to have
> to use <execute> instead of <configure> just because a package uses a
> separate build directory as gcc, glibc, binutils, and e2fsprogs do.

Well, It seems to me that when you leave <command> you turn it into a
glorified version of <execute> that has a DEFAULT command.  Really, it
does the EXACT same thing then, just with a spiffy new name.  Why should
we have a tag called<configure> that does the configure command AND the
execute command?  If some packages required building from a different
directory, then add an element that let's you specify that.  Maybe
<builddir> or something. I'm not good with names, but you get the idea? 
It's like the <prebuild><build> <postbuild> thing, why have all of it if
you can use one element that does it better?

> cheers,
> Seth W. Klein
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