On Thu, 2012-04-19 at 16:42 -0400, Frank Ch. Eigler wrote:
> Hi -
> 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
> ./configure [--prefix=PRIVATE_DIRECTORY]
> make all install
> (b) for distribution-overlaying installs (/etc, /usr, etc.):
> That's it. The previous
> make configure_pcp
> 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..
No objections from me ... sounds promising, so please drill down on how
this would work.