[Python-Dev] autoconfigure patch submitted on SourceForge

Eric S. Raymond esr@thyrsus.com
Mon, 8 Jan 2001 01:49:45 -0500

Thomas Wouters <thomas@xs4all.net>:
> 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.

You may be right.  Still, this patch solves the immediate problem in a
reasonably clean way, and I urge that it should go in.  We can do a
more complete reorganization of the build process later.  (I'll help with
that; I'm pretty expert with autoconf and friends.)
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