Using automake & libtool instead of just autoconf.. ?

Martin Maechler Martin Maechler <>
Mon, 17 May 1999 10:39:13 +0200

Since we also ``sometimes'' have problems with incorrect configurations...

Read this on the octave mailing list :
  (I'm not using octave;  I'm trying to hear what they are talking about)

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Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 10:30:51 +0200
From: Thomas Walter <>
Subject: Re: IRIX octave 2.0.14 can't find runtime libs

>>>>> "John" == John W Eaton <> writes:


    John> Eventually, Octave's configure script and Makefiles should be fixed to
    John> use libtool, which should help to make these things work better.
    John> Unfortunately, I have little time to spend working on that project.
    John> Any volunteers?

To do this I think it is best to use 'automake' too.  Writing the
dependencies into the files '' is much easier because they
are much shorter then `' files..  After that
calling 'automake' will build all the ''.  And 'automake'
knows how to use 'libtool'.  There will be no need write rules to call
'libtool' by hand.

What are the opinions about that?  I have used automake and libtool
for a long time and I would help to do the step.

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Any "R-devel"er who's willing to help here ?

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