[ITP] astrometry.net-0.38-1

Charles Wilson cygwin@cwilson.fastmail.fm
Fri Nov 4 16:08:00 GMT 2011

On 11/4/2011 11:11 AM, Yaakov (Cygwin/X) wrote:
> software is quite unpolished.

 From reading the web page, it appears to be a research project by a 
couple of grad students -- with goals of supporting amateur and even 
professional astronomers by automating what is currently a 
labor-intensive task.

So...like all research projects, it appears to suffer from 
"get-it-done-itis" focused on Linux and/or BSD, with little attention 
paid to portability.  That's...problematic when going to any flavor of 
win32, including cygwin.

I mean really: hand-editing makefiles? no configure scripts (some 
subdirs have them, but they are invoked as part of the top-level make, 
which doesn't).

IMO the whole thing needs to be autotoolized, but I'm not going there.

OTOH, I just spent a couple hours adding $(EXE) to about a thousand 
makefile rules, only to watch it blow up because of some built-in rule I 
can't turn off (where is it COMING from!!!??) that adds "foo.exe.o" to 
the dependencies and then looks for "foo.exe.c" to build it...Aaarrrggh....


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