Patching configure - Or Not

skip at skip at
Wed Feb 6 19:33:06 PST 2008

    Michael> I need to change the way configure works for a port.  Is it
    Michael> better to patch configure or change the underlying files and
    Michael> regenerate configure?  

Patching configure is going to be very fragile.  Your patch will almost
certainly break with the upstream authors upgrade to a newer version of
autoconf.  If you absolutely, positively have to patch something, patch the
inputs to configure, not configure itself.

Skip Montanaro - skip at -

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