List of package owners

Charles Wilson
Mon Sep 22 00:30:00 GMT 2003

Gareth Pearce wrote:

>>There are a few packages that lack owners.  The most notable may
>>be m4.  Chuck and I exchanged some private email about this last
>>week.  Anyone up for maintaining m4?
> Hmm despite the apparent lack of upstream development on this one - m4 is
> pretty rock solid (compared to astyle at least) ... I'll have a deeper look
> to see if I'm willing to offer on this one.

Well, actually Gary V. Vaughan has been working hard on m4 all summer. 
If you grab CVS

cvs -d login anonymous
<hit enter for password>
cvs -d co m4

you'll see that the whole thing has been modularized with plugins.  I 
sent Gary some patches last week and he incorporated them, but there are 
still a number of issues with building it cleanly on cygwin.

Most of these are probably not m4's fault, but are shortcomings in the 
libtool (or libltdl) implementation on cygwin.  I haven't tried to 
rebuild in about a week, so things may have changed in the meantime.

If anyone is interested, I can post my build recipe and notes...


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