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Re: latest 1.3.x's "./configure" ignoring "--without-apr"

From: OpenMacNews <openmacnews_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2005-12-20 00:20:06 CET

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hi malcolm,

> APR and APR-util are mandatory, not optional (even for non-mod_dav_svn
> builds: they're a portability layer, not anything to do with the apache
> httpd per se), and they don't accept 'yes' and 'no' options either.
> ('./configure --without-apr' is the same as './configure --with-apr=no',
> which is why you're getting the rather odd message above.)

ok. i did not realize that.

YES, i now know it's stated in INSTALL ... i'd allowed myself to be 'led' by the fact the
"./configure --help" output (which is my usual starting point for build documentation) includes:

        Optional Packages:
          --with-PACKAGE[=ARG] use PACKAGE [ARG=yes]
          --without-PACKAGE do not use PACKAGE (same as --with-PACKAGE=no)
          --with-apr=PATH prefix for installed APR, path to APR build tree

which, to my (admittedly incorrect) read, implies that
(a) apr *is* an "Optional Package"
and,
(b) --without-apr turns its use *off*

might i suggest a clarification in the configure output? if ONLY to state at/near those lines
"APR is NOT OPTIONAL, READ 'INSTALL'"?

>
> If this ever worked before, it was a bug (and it would have been picking
> up the system APR libraries regardless).

ok.

fwiw, it *has* been working -- or at least, NOT COMPLAINING for ages ...

learn something new every day :-}

> By the way, most of those configure options are either irrelevant, or
> the default anyway. You could probably remove almost all of them.

clear. it's a choice i frequently make -- that is, including defaults -- for the sake of clarity.

thx,

richard

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