Subject: Re: autoconf
To: Perry E. Metzger <>
From: Alistair Crooks <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 12/20/2001 20:40:48
On Thu, Dec 20, 2001 at 02:20:22PM -0500, Perry E. Metzger wrote:
> We've got autoconf 2.13 in pkgsrc -- the latest is 2.52. Is there a
> reason we haven't updated? I ask because subversion needs 2.50 or better.
> --
> Perry E. Metzger
> --
> NetBSD Development, Support & CDs.

Taken from the cvs history for pkgsrc/devel/autoconf/Makefile

revision 1.27
date: 2001/08/28 14:58:15;  author: skrll;  state: Exp;  lines: +1 -1
Backout upgrade of autoconf by popular demand.
revision 1.26
date: 2001/08/26 20:44:23;  author: hubertf;  state: Exp;  lines: +2 -2
update autoconf to 2.52. Some changes:

- Quadrigraphs
  This feature was present in autoconf 2.50 but was not documented.
  For example, `@<:@' is translated to `[' just before output.  This
  is useful when writing strings that contain unbalanced quotes, or
  other hard-to-quote constructs.
- m4_pattern_forbid, m4_pattern_allow
- Using autoscan to maintain a
- Fixed Fortran name-mangling and link tests on a number of systems,
  e.g. NetBSD; see AC_F77_DUMMY_MAIN, below.
- cross-compilation
  $build defaults to `config.guess`, $host to $build, and then $target
  to $host.
  Cross-compilation is a global status of the package, it no longer
  depends upon the current language.
  Cross compilation is enabled iff the user specified `--host'.
  `configure' now fails if it can't run the executables it compiles,
  unless cross-compilation is enabled.
- Cache file
  The cache file is disabled by default.  The new options
  `--config-cache', `-C' set the cache to `config.cache'.

... and many others, esp. bugfixes. Check the docs!

Now it should be possible to make a conflicting autoconf25 package,
but I'm a bit busy right now, for one thing.