Software that doesn't use DESTROOT and funny tarball directories

Daniel J. Luke dluke at
Tue Jul 19 08:49:56 PDT 2016

On Jul 19, 2016, at 11:44 AM, Ryan Schmidt <ryandesign at> wrote:
> Without reading those links, I already know autotools sucks, and from the standpoint of a software developer I don't really enjoy writing autotools files. However, from the standpoint of a package maintainer, I love autotools for the consistency and compatibility it affords, assuming the project developers use it correctly are keeping up to date with new versions of autotools.

like how we had to patch many projects when 10.10 came out because they wanted to choose obsolete linker arguments?

> Considering all the various build systems we encounter in MacPorts, from autotools to xcodebuild to cmake to scons to qmake to manually crafted Makefiles, my impression is that autotools sucks the least.

I guess we can just disagree on that point :)

Daniel J. Luke

More information about the macports-dev mailing list