[rescue] tired of current GUIs / a rant about the daily garbage we put up with

Richard legalize at xmission.com
Wed Oct 23 16:22:38 CDT 2019

In article <4a49dc04054d06c4fc72ce1a16631acd1129fce8.camel at agj.net>,
    Stefan Skoglund <stefan.skoglund at agj.net> writes:

> That configure and autotool is a hard doing properly , that i can agree
> with but the current replacement in the linux world seems to be some
> version of a python tool [...]

The world has moved to CMake, some time ago.  I used to work with John
Calcote, who wrote the only book that exists on autoconf.  There is a
paragraph in the introduction section of the book on CMake that says
why CMake is superior to autoconf/autotools.  I asked John's opinion
of what they wrote in the CMake book and he agreed.  So yeah,
autoconf/autotools is an abomination and doesn't work at all on a
system that isn't unix-like, e.g. Windows, VMS, etc.  CMake is
superior and uses a completely different approach from autotools which
avoids all the silliness described in that article (which was a nice
read, thanks whoever shared that link :).
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