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SubjectRe: [ANNOUNCE] util-linux-ng 2.13-rc1
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On 5 Jul 2007, Mike Frysinger outgrape:
> On Thursday 05 July 2007, Bodo Eggert wrote:
>> The Makefiles generated by autotools is a huge mess, if autotools got it
>> wrong (again!), fixing them requires editing a lot of files.
>
> this looks like a no brainer to me: dont edit generated files

There is a worthwhile point here: if your input to the makefile
generator is buggy and make errors out, you'll have to look at the
generated code in order to relate the make error to the original.

(It's not that hard with automake, admittedly, but make should
really have a #line analogue to help. It could be much worse, as
anyone who ever tried to use Knuth's old WEAVE tool would know.
At least automake doesn't intentionally obfuscate the makefiles
it emits...)

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