Ilya Zakharevich on Sun, 10 Nov 2002 12:41:18 -0800

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Re: --host in Configure

On Sun, Nov 10, 2002 at 10:47:09AM -0500, Igor Schein wrote:

> In general, I think the sooner Configure will be converted to
> autoconf, the better and easier it'll be.

I'm very pleased that PARI Configure is not based on this monster.  If
autoconf's Configure fails, you are busted; period.  IIRC, PARI one is
loosely based on metadist's Configure which is miles better in this
regard (allows an interactive run).

Tracing development of some packages based on autoconf's one, let me
assure you that the maintainers get much more pain than the PARI's ones.

To put the last nail, just mention that autoconf is written in sh/m4!  :-):-(