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  1. I have a autotooled project where the list of source files for one of the targets (we shall call it foo) are generated by some script code that runs when "configure" is invoked. How can I pass this list of files to foo_SOURCES in Makefile.am / Makefile.in? I tried the following: Makefile.am: include $(srcdir)/sourcelist.txt ## sourcelist.txt is generated by script code inside configure ## that generates the list of files build and stored in the ## SOURCE_LIST variable foo_SOURCES = $(SOURCE_LIST) This doesn't work since automake expects sourcelist.txt to be available but it will only be created when "configure" is run.
  2. sorry to hijack the thread, but is it possible to use grub to create boot a floppy image (for use with CD-ROM floppy boot emulation) without actually having a physical floppy drive?
  3. Thanks for the quick reply. I forgot to include a few other questions: - Is there a test for endian order? - Test alignment restrictions? - Test internal floating point format (eg IEEE)? Also, do you know where I can find a good searchable reference for autotool macros? The GNU manuals aren't too search friendly. Thanks again.
  4. Hi, been trying to learn how to use autotools (autoconf,automake,libtool) and got a couple of queries regarding them: - How can I create a Makefile.am that accepts wildcards? I tried foo_SOURCES = $(wildcard *.c) But the Makefile configure produces does not expand the the wildcard (it resulted in an empty string). - Is there a way to test for integer sizes? I have code that typedefs fixed size integers (eg byte, word16, word32 etc) and I would like to programatically "discover" and generate a header that contains the typedefs. The discovery procedure must work on cross-compiles.
  5. I've read the DRI WIKI page at http://dri.sourceforge.net/cgi-bin/moin.cgi/Documentation and it seems that building the drivers also require a rebuild of the entire X server. Is it possible to build just the DRI drivers (the files to be installed in lib/modules/dri and lib/modules/drivers) without having to rebuild the whole damn thing?