An autoconf bikeshed

Pav Lucistnik pav at
Sat May 6 09:22:12 UTC 2006

Lyndon Nerenberg píše v pá 05. 05. 2006 v 20:11 -0600:
> On Sat, 6 May 2006, Pav Lucistnik wrote:
> > It's also no longer imake, but autotools based.
> That is *not* an improvement!
> Have you noticed how autoconf has become such a bloated twisted mass of 
> goo that it now needs its own configuration tool?  It has become a parody 
> of itself.
> This is not progress.

One major advantage of using autotools over imake is that now you can
paralellize the build using make -jX flags. You can't with imake.
That's essentially cutting the compile times in half on dual-core

One major drawback of using autotools is that every distfile grows about
250 kB of repeated code. With modular X, that's a lot of bytes to

As for developers use, I'd say much more people today are familiar with
autotools then with imake. Imake is a dying beast. Going with mainstream
is always good to get more people involved.

Pav Lucistnik <pav at>
              <pav at>

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