On Sun, 11 Mar 2001, Scott Gifford wrote:
Maybe it should be added to the FAQ that proper (i.e. complete, and
up-to-date) installations of GNU autoconf and GNU automake are REQUIRED to
build fetchmail properly?
That would be unfortunate. On commercial Unices (at least Solaris),
these tools are not commonly installed; it would be a fairly large
irritant to have to install a series of fairly complex build tools
before you can install fetchmail. It would also mean that platforms
on which autoconf is not supported could not support fetchmail.
I suppose the makefiles could be changed to avoid the aclocal call if
aclocal is not installed in the system. Actually, autoconf is supposed to
do this out-of-the box I think... I'll look at it, and send a patch to this
list if I manage to fix the problem [properly].
scripts that could run standalone. What makes fetchmail so much more
complex than these other packages?
It isn't, really. The autoconf stuff just needs some cleanup.
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