Problems with USE_AUTOMAKE_VER variable

Ulrich Spoerlein q at
Mon Apr 5 07:34:55 PDT 2004

On Sun, 04.04.2004 at 14:50:22 -0700, Ade Lovett wrote:
> The newer version of, which needs to go in almost
> immediately after the split, which fixes a few bugs, brings in support
> for autoconf259/automake18 (well, any version actually), and a
> USE_LIBLTDL flag instead of a direct dependency on devel/libltdl, can be
> found at:

This is good. Thanks for going through all the trouble and trying to fix
this. I have a question however, regarding libltdl. Should we (the
maintainers) force a port into compiling/linking its own libltdl or
should we make the port use devel/libltdl? I had it happen several
times, that the libltdl/configure shipping with the software itself is
rather buggy, because it can't cope with the way configure gets called
in the FreeBSD ports (that is: configure 'CC=gcc' 'PREFIX=/usr/local'

So should one try to use system tools wherever possible (including
auto{conf,make}/libtool/libltdl) or should one use the tools the
software itself provides? (that is, try to change as few things as

Ulrich Spoerlein
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