In relation to http://oss.sgi.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=921, and a
bunch of email that followed, plus a helpful phone conversation, I'd
like to propose a revision to the configure/build system.
The current code uses a combination of GNUmakefile, configure.in, and
Makepkgs to generate builds that are hard-wired to be installed on top
of system directories such as /etc, /usr, etc. I would like to
generalize it to also support installation into private unprivileged
directories (/home/developer/foo) and non-distro systemwide
directories (/usr/local). To do this, I suggest moving toward the
more typical usage of autoconf.
The new build workflow would be either:
(a) for /usr/local or private installs:
autoconf # since generated files are not in git any more
make all install
(b) for distribution-overlaying installs (/etc, /usr, etc.):
That's it. The previous
target would not be needed and would be dropped. The perl modules'
would be treated the same as the C code, in that they would be installed
in the appropriate PARENT_DIRECTORY or system directory as appropriate.
If this seems OK so far, I can go on about how this could be done..