Re: Configure issues

From: Daniel Stenberg <>
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 1999 14:52:07 +0200 (MET DST)
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.10.9910061443210.13764-100000_at_stanley>

On Wed, 6 Oct 1999, Tony Earnshaw wrote:

> | Actually, we can support many of them without "specialist knowledge".

> Sorry, no: obviously not in this case.

"many" is not all, no.

> You have to ask SCO people whether it works or not

Or maybe they can tell us?

> | The point with configure is that it automatically
> | searches for and picks the best alternatives for every platform it is
> | run on.
> Again, no, sorry.

It isn't the point?

> Apache uses configure, but can't find half of the SCO-specific libraries
> it needs, without the user feeding them as environment LIBS to the
> configure.

Couldn't that be because the "SCO people" haven't given enough feedback to the Apache project? Finding libs, if they are required, usually aren't such a tricky thing to add to a configure script.

> And there are definite taboos on which ar and ld the user has installed,
> as far as SCO Unix is concerned.

So, are you saying that a program can't make the decisions? Do you _have to_ do it manually?

> | Of course it is hard to support platforms we have never tried or to
> | forsee problems we can't imagine.

> No, det var jo nett det eg sa! Helder ikkje kan du gjera det utan. Slikt
> har eg og vori med på med sovel BIND som Exim.

... ehm, I'm sure that's right. :-)

> | So basically you are saying that we can't make a configure script what
> | works for hypermail on SCO unix?

> Nei då. With SCO peoples' help you can do it, certainly not without.

Ok, so until we can get the "SCO peoples'" attention and help, we're doomed to have hypermail fail to compile on SCO.

> SCO people who can't compile things generally ask in SCO's forums
> (usenet) and they're generally helped privately, via e-mail. In the end,
> as was my own case, the fledgeling can fly on his own.

So aren't you capable of leading us through this maze of SCO mysteries? In my opinion, it would be nice to have hypermail compile and build under SCO too...

 Daniel Stenberg --
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Received on Wed 06 Oct 1999 02:52:13 PM GMT

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