[Python-Dev] HP-UX clean-up
claird at lairds.com
Wed Jan 7 12:01:30 EST 2004
> From skip at mojam.com Wed Jan 07 11:53:13 2004
> Envelope-to: claird at phaseit.net
> From: Skip Montanaro <skip at pobox.com>
> Andrew> We therefore have to have flags that will force HP to compile
> Andrew> for some common generic processor.
> Skip> Can you submit a patch with these changes?
> Cameron> You're losing me, Skip. What, to you, would constitute "a
> Cameron> patch"?
> Probably a patch to configure.in. We set lots of platform- or OS-specific
> compilation flags there.
Clearly. I want to take this opportunity, though, to understand
attitude-intent-design, so that any patches in which I'm involved
will not merely imitate what (perhaps mistakenly) exists, but will
promote long-term usability and maintainability. So: when Mr.
MacKeith describes his situation, do those with the most configure
expertise regard it as a platform-specific instance of a cross-
platform condition, or ... well, I just think there's a lot more
to know to get configure.in right.
Uh-oh; I just realized there's another possibility. Maybe we're
all more-or-less equally expert with the Python build process,
because all that anyone does is local imitation, without aspira-
tion to a higher design. If so, that's no criticism of any one;
it would reflect well on Python's robustness that it hasn't needed
more deliberation or structure.
I think it's a good time for it, now, however.
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