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Re: How to design and package portable internet software

From: Bill Moseley <moseley(at)>
Date: Fri Feb 14 2003 - 14:54:02 GMT
On Thu, 13 Feb 2003, John Almberg wrote:

> I've done this with varying degrees of success and am just about to 
> start a new project where easy installation will be key. I'm sure 
> someone has written down some good strategies for this kind of thing. 
> Any pointers in the right direction much appreciated!

Well the "standard" is to use the GNU Autotools.  There's a book:

Swish-e uses a configure script (generated by autoconf, part of the
autotools collection).  Swish-e doesn't use libtool (for building
libraries), though.  I've wanted for a long time to switch to libtool.
It's harder to convert an existing package to libtools than to start from
scratch.  I wish I could find a libtool/autotools expert that could tune
up the swish-e build system.

My opinion has been that the autotools seem somewhat more complicated than
I'd like -- but that's probably just because I don't know it well.

Bill Moseley
Received on Fri Feb 14 14:54:32 2003