Autotools build environment

Dirk Hohndel dirk at
Thu Jan 3 14:01:53 PST 2013

Philip Van Hoof <philip at> writes:

> Hi everybody,
> I noticed that subsurface's build environment is a Makefile with manual
> calls to pkg-config. Although this probably works fine I did notice some
> difficulties in trying to use the Makefile.
> Given that subsurface already depends on libdivecomputer which uses
> autotools, I recommend to use autotools for subsurface too.
> Is this something the subsurface team is willing to consider (if I would
> make a branch with a patch that changes it)?

Yes, I am more than happy to take such a change.

> ps. I'm not trying to say that I like autotools. But for gtk+ based
> projects it's frequently used.

Basically neither Linus nor I like autotools and neither of us is
comfortable with them. But if we have someone on board who is willing to
help us maintain that part of Subsurface then this is an excellent



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