config/ -> configure?

Satish Balay balay at
Thu Jul 17 14:39:58 CDT 2008

On Thu, 17 Jul 2008, Barry Smith wrote:

> On Jul 17, 2008, at 1:09 PM, Satish Balay wrote:
> > 
> > And the reason we want to promote usage of ./config/
> > notation is so that we we don't have users creating shell scripts with
> > configure options in them.
>   What is the proceedure that people use when configureing for packages
> based on autoconf. Do they "create shell scripts with configure options in
> them"?

> Do they always just magically type them at the command prompt properly?
> Do they never use more than 1 or 2 options?

I guess - once the list of options become sufficiently large - some
script gets used.. With PETSc - invariably the configure options list
is long.

>   If we could support the same way that this is done with autoconf packages
> that would improve a users experience with PETSc.

I guess we don't prevent the usage from shell scripts. We just promote
the alternative usage of adding configure options in a python script.


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