Patching configure - Or Not

Michael Franz mvfranz at
Wed Feb 6 19:44:10 PST 2008

On Feb 6, 2008 10:33 PM, <skip at> wrote:

>    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.

This sounds like a better plan.  How do I get macports to regenerate the
files once I patch the configure inputs?

On a related note.  Is there any good examples of replacing AC_CHECK_HEADERS
macros with pkg-config?
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