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Release Digest: GNU, September 27, 2002

Sep 27, 2002, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])

Automake 1.7

We're pleased to announce the release of Automake 1.7.  This release
contains many bug fixes and improvements.  The NEWS entry is appended.

Automake is a program for generating `Makefile.in' files from simpler
input files called `Makefile.am'.  The resulting `Makefile.in's
conform to the GNU Coding Standards, and must be used in conjunction
with Autoconf.

You can find the new release here:

    ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/automake/automake-1.7.tar.gz
    ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/automake/automake-1.7.tar.bz2

Soon it will also appear on the GNU mirrors listed here:

    http://www.gnu.org/order/ftp.html

Please report bugs by mail to , or (preferred)
at http://sources.redhat.com/cgi-bin/gnatsweb.pl?database=automake

 - Akim, Alexandre, and Tom

New in 1.7:
* Autoconf 2.54 is required.
* `aclocal' and `automake' will no longer warn about obsolete
  configure macros.  This is done by `autoconf -Wobsolete'.
* AM_CONFIGHEADER, AM_SYSPOSIX_TERMIOS and
  AM_HEADERTIOCGWINSZ_NEEDSSYS_IOCTL are obsolete (although still
  supported).  You should use AC_CONFIGHEADERS, AC_SYSPOSIX_TERMIOS,
  and AC_HEADER_TIOCGWINSZ instead.  `autoupdate' can upgrade
  `configure.ac' for you.
* Support for per-program and per-library `_CPPFLAGS'.
* New `ctags' target (builds CTAGS files).
* Support for -Wmumble and -Wno-mumble, where mumble is a warning category
  (see `automake --help' or the manual for a list of them).
* Honor the WARNINGS environment variable.
* Omit the call to depcomp when using gcc3: call the compiler directly.
* A new option, std-options, tests that programs support --help and --version
  when `make installcheck' is run.  This is enabled by --gnits.
* Texinfo rules now support the `ps' and `pdf' targets.
* Info files are now created in the build directory, not the source directory.
* info_TEXINFOS supports files in subdirectories (this requires Texinfo 4.1
  or greater).
* `make distcheck' will enforce DESTDIR support by attempting
  a DESTDIR install.
* `+=' can be used in conditionals, even if the augmented variable
  was defined for another condition.
* Makefile fragments (inserted with `include') are always distributed.
* Use Autoconf's --trace interface to inspect configure.ac and get
  a more accurate view of it.
* Add support for extending aclocal's default macro search path
  using a `dirlist' file within the aclocal directory.
* automake --output-dir is deprecated.
* The part of the distcheck target that checks whether uninstall actually
  removes all installed files has been moved in a separate target,
  distuninstallcheck, so it can be overridden easily.
* Many bug fixes.

-- 
Alexandre Duret-Lutz