4 May 2000 bribass   » (Journeyer)

Autoconf, et al
I've come to the conclusion that Autoconf and friends were written by a sadist. That and libtool is braindead. (It's no wonder that the Debian libtool hackaround uses "-D__LIBTOOL_IS_A_FOOL__").

I've also decided that I hate imake equally virulently. Perhaps slightly more. After all, imake is really only useful when your tree is dependent on X11. Otherwise, it sucks large asteroids through micropipettes. Two quotes seem appropriate:

  • "All software sucks, only the degree to which it sucks varies."
  • "It's kinda like a jet engine: it sucks in one end, and blows out the other."

This morning, we recieved a Sparc from Sun so that we'd have a test platform before we send our product down to them. Set it up, and lo and behold, there's a problem with the root filesystem and we don't have (and can't guess) the root password. <sarcasm>Fun...</sarcasm>

We finally get the root password, and I proceed to move in. Download all the GNU/GNUish tools we need (autoconf et al, bash, ssh, and gzip (to unpack them all)). I go to compile gzip, and I am reminded of (another reason) why I dislike Sun: No cc. Can't even compile the darned tools. &grumble;

At least I got to christen the box: alphacentauri. Seemed fitting, somehow.

Got JIG-generated sourcecode to build finally. (It helps if generated code not cause compilation errors because of the generated part.) Things are looking good for a 0.3.0 release middle of this month.

Slow got interviewed by Linux.com yesterday, and the interview is up. I'm mentioned in passing (about halfway down, "one fellow" is me...), which is pretty darned cool. I hope this interview gives Entity a real boost.

Of course, this also means (in Slow's words) that I have to do it, "or be marked a liar for all eternity."

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