autotools and patches

Robert Connolly robert at
Thu Aug 31 15:15:41 PDT 2006

On Thursday 31 August 2006 05:00, Alex Merry wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 31, 2006 at 12:40:16AM -0400, Robert Connolly wrote:
> > To start, an --enable-werror macro could be added to the autoconf package
> > so its available to every package when they're reconfigured. Its a simple
> > matter of copying the macro to m4/ and including it in aclocal.m4 for
> > submition to package maintainers. The Autoconf macro archive at
> > has lots good examples. After
> > that, go one package at a time fixing warnings and fixing existing
> > unsuitable patches. Unfortunately this will break HLFS even more than it
> > is already, and put the first stable release even further in the future,
> > however it will make the first stable release better.
> Do you mean you want to submit such a macro upstream to autoconf?

Yesterday I thought it would be better to add the macro's to autoconf's 
defaults, but now I don't think its a good idea because the companion patches 
for packages would not work on their own. No one else would use package 
patches that depend on a patched autoconf.

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