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[Mingw-msys] Re: Description of MSYS in forthcoming C++ Cookbook, by O'Reilly


Stephen Grant Brown wrote:

> What is the difference between automake-bin.tar.bz2 and
> automake1.10-1.10-1-.bin.tar.bz2

As you may know, Automake takes Makefile.am files and generates the
Makefile.in files which contains some standard targets like install,
clean, distcheck, etc.

Unfortunately, each developer may have used different Automake features,
specific for a certain Automake version. So, each Makefile.am file can
be processed only by specific version of Automake.

To solve this, several versions of Automake are installed side-by-side,
with names like 'automake-1.9' and 'automake-1.10'. Then, a wrapper
script, called 'automake', will forward the call to a specific Automake
version, depending on the needs of the Makefile.am it detects.

So, the Automake versions 1.9 and 1.10 are contained in
automake1.10-1.10-1-bin.tar.bz2 and automake1.9-1.9.6-2-bin.tar.bz2
In automake-3-1-bin.tar.bz2, we have the wrapper script version 3.

The same above applies to Autoconf.

So, the best is to install all versions of Automake and Autoconf available.

Hope this clears up things.


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