Subject: Re: CVS commit: pkgsrc/net/mtr
To: NetBSD Packages Technical Discussion List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greg A. Woods <email@example.com>
Date: 10/25/2001 15:28:37
[ On Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 14:15:07 (-0500), Frederick Bruckman wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: CVS commit: pkgsrc/net/mtr
> The only problem with that, is that some of those tools aren't
> backwards compatible, so when we finally succumb to updating
> "autoconf/automake", we'll have a whole bunch of broken packages if we
> don't lose the build-time dependencies first.
Yes, I very intimately aware of that issue (having myself created one
such not-quite-compatible variant of autoconf).
The correct solution though is not to "break" packages, nor to avoid
using the build tools they were designed with -- rather it's to find a
proper way to simultaneously have installed, and be able to comfortably
use, multiple different variants of such tools. I do realise that the
GNU Auto* tools are particularly nasty in this regard (despite my
attempts to "encourage" them to integrally support such capability[*]), but
they are not impossible to use in this manner.
[*] their goal of course has always been full backwards compatability in
the GNU Auto* suite, but of course that's an impossible dream to realise.
Greg A. Woods
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