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    SubjectRe: [ANNOUNCE] util-linux-ng 2.13-rc1
    >i dont see how blaming autotools for other people's misuse is relevant

    Here's how other people's misuse of the tool can be relevant to the choice
    of the tool: some tools are easier to use right than others. Probably the
    easiest thing to use right is the system you designed and built yourself.
    I've considered distributing code with an Autotools-based build system
    before and determined quickly that I am not up to that challenge. (The
    bigger part of the challenge isn't writing the original input files; it's
    debugging when a user says his build doesn't work). But as far as I know,
    my hand-rolled build system is used correctly by me.

    >> checks the width of integers on i386 for projects not caring about that
    >> fails to find installed libraries without telling how it was supposed
    >> find them or how to make it find that library.
    >no idea what this rant is about.

    The second part sounds like my number 1 complaint as a user of
    Autotools-based packages: 'configure' often can't find my libraries. I
    know exactly where they are, and even what compiler and linker options are
    needed to use them, but it often takes a half hour of tracing 'configure'
    or generated make files to figure out how to force the build to understand
    the same thing. And that's with lots of experience. The first five times
    it was much more frustrating.

    >> Configuring the build of an autotools program is harder than
    >> if it used a config file, you could easily save it somewhere while
    >> comments on how and why you did *that* choice, and you could possibly
    >> use a set of default configs which you'd just include.
    >history shows this is a pita to maintain. every package has its own
    >system and configuration file ...

    It's my understanding that autotools _does_ provide that ability (as
    stated, though I think "config file" may have been meant here as
    "config.make"). The config file is a shell script that contains a
    'configure' command with a pile of options on it, and as many comments as
    you want, to tailor the build to your requirements.

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