Subject: Re: autoconf vs.
To: Thomas Klausner <>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 02/14/2000 17:57:13
On Mon, 7 Feb 2000, Thomas Klausner wrote:

: What do you think about adding the version number of the OS at the end
: of MACHINE_GNU_PLATFORM, like autoconf does? Why is it a bad idea? :-)

Autoconf is designed to autodetect system features.  So, passing a
nondescript "i386--netbsd" as a fixed host spec ensures that a package
_doesn't_ use the OS version number as a basis for feature determination.

-- Todd Vierling (