Re: Configure issues

From: Daniel Stenberg <>
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 1999 12:37:35 +0200 (MET DST)
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.10.9910061227540.13764-100000_at_stanley>

On Wed, 6 Oct 1999, Tony Earnshaw wrote:

> Personally, I believe that the writers of software such as Hypermail
> just can't port a la carte without access to and specialist knowledge of
> all the platforms that they'd like to support.

Actually, we can support many of them without "specialist knowledge". That's one of the major points of using configure scripts. And those that we don't happen to "support" often only need a little tweaking.

> For example, configure would have to find out whether SCO users are
> using the native C compiler, GCC 2.7.1 or less, GCC 2.7.2 or higher to
> give the right modifiers, whether yacc or bison, lex or flex, which ar
> and ld is being used, etc.

Yes, so why not do that? The point with configure is that it automatically searches for and picks the best alternatives for every platform it is run on.

Of course it is hard to support platforms we have never tried or to forsee problems we can't imagine. But hypermail is an open project that depends on the support and help from all over. If we just get enough help, we will get every single unix flavour to compile hypermail without user interaction.

> Further, that people who wish to compile and run such software should at
> least have a basic knowledge and experience of what is needed to see
> what mods are necessary to compile. There's a lot of help out there and
> a surprising number of people willing to give it, either privately or in
> forums.

So basically you are saying that we can't make a configure script what works for hypermail on SCO unix? And if anyone has problems with hypermail on SCO, they should ask in some forum?

 Daniel Stenberg --
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Received on Wed 06 Oct 1999 12:37:13 PM GMT

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