[Python-Dev] Any NeXT users out there?
Guido van Rossum
Mon, 13 Aug 2001 09:49:14 -0400
I've got to say, the distinction between --with and --enable, no
matter how thoretically pure, in practice seems extremely fuzzy.
Quoting Neil Schemenauer quoting the autoconf docs
| If a software package has optional compile-time features, the
| user can give `configure' command line options to specify
| whether to compile them. The options have one of these forms:
| Some packages require, or can optionally use, other software
| packages which are already installed. The user can give
| `configure' command line options to specify which such
| external software to use. The options have one of these
Now, for example, should it be --with-ipv6 or --enable-ipv6? I would
think --with, since this is clearly depending on optional external
software. Yet, it is one of the few configure options that use
I am seriously considering standardizing on --with, ignoring the
autoconf docs. Given how vague the distinction is, I'm sure most
users will find the distinction completely arbitrary even if we
applied the rules correctly. They would be better served with a
consistent rule they can remember, like "always use --with/--without".
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)