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Re: [Xen-devel] autotoolizing xen?

On Fri, 2005-02-18 at 13:20, Jacob Gorm Hansen wrote:
> Instead, use a better build system. I am using Jam (which is public 
> domain) for my stuff, and that works perfectly, and the build 
> specifications are a lot simpler that the xen Makefiles.

I've used Jam before with Boost.  It can get quite nasty (if you try to
be portable and include a version of Jam, you've got a nasty chicken and
the egg problem).

autotools have their problems, but used properly, they are worth their
weight in gold.  That often means only using autoconf.  Once Xen starts
supporting different types of operating systems with their tools, and
you have to start dealing with broken versions of things autoconf is
extraordinarily useful.

There is a reason so many large, highly portable, Open Source projects
use autoconf.

Anthony Liguori
Linux Technology Center (LTC) - IBM Austin
E-mail: aliguori@xxxxxxxxxx
Phone: (512) 838-1208

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