[Python-Dev] autoconfigure patch submitted on SourceForge

Thomas Wouters thomas@xs4all.net
Mon, 8 Jan 2001 07:44:11 +0100

On Sun, Jan 07, 2001 at 11:16:53PM -0500, Eric S. Raymond wrote:
> Setting things up so curses is autoconfigured into the default build
> if your system has it in the expected places turned out to be dead
> easy.  Some clever person (the BDFL himself?) wrote the build process
> so that there is *already* a Setup.config.in that gets configure
> expansions done on it, with the generated Setup.config used when
> makesetup does its magic.

Skip, actually, IIRC. It was added in the last stages of 2.0 development, to
auto-detect bsddb. However, I still think it should be a separate
'configure', in the Modules directory. Especially now that Andrew is
practically checking in the distutils setup ;) The main configure can make
an educated guess whether Python and distutils are available, and call
configure with some passed-through options if not. It does depend on what
the distutils setup does, though, and I'll shamefully admit that I haven't
looked at that ;P

Thomas Wouters <thomas@xs4all.net>

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