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Re: [PATCH] update automake version to 1.11.6

> > i don't have a problem with requiring people to use the same exact
> version.
> > i do think that requiring them to build/install by hand is
> > unreasonable.  it's pretty rare (by design) for projects to do this
> > sort of thing (commit the generated autotools), so it's pretty rare
> > for this to be an issue, so it's pretty rare for people to be
> > required to manage this.  it's a throw back to pre-distro days when
> > people were used to building/install software themselves, and it's
> > unnecessary friction for new people to get into the development
> > process today.  death by a thousand cuts and all that.
> It's only a barrier for people who need to change the or
> files, which is not most developers.


Also, I don't think that building autoconf and automake once every
few years, and then using that to generate the files is really that
much of a barrier. In the meantime, it allows us to avoid the noise
you get when slightly different versions generate slightly different
code. I personally do verify the changes in the configure files,
for instance, and ask myself whether each hunk I see makes sense
to me or not. Seeing unrelated changes because others used a different
version makes that process a little harder (and, most of the time,
I'll just start over, and push a patch that first regenerates the


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