[Rubygems-developers] Bad extconf.rb (Was: Trackker)

Eric Hodel drbrain at segment7.net
Tue Dec 19 02:13:17 EST 2006

On Dec 18, 2006, at 14:18, Eric Hodel wrote:
> On Dec 16, 2006, at 08:54, Chad Fowler wrote:
>> Eric, are you aware of fixing
>> http://rubyforge.org/tracker/index.php?
>> func=detail&aid=982&group_id=126&atid=575.
>>  It looks like you did.  I added a test i expected to fail and it
>> passed.  Looks like svn has the desired behavior now.
> I don't remember fixing it.  If it is fixed go ahead and close the  
> bug.

Actually, this isn't our bug.

Gem authors like to write broken extconf.rbs where they don't check  
the output of #have_library or #have_header (or whatever the header  
one is) so they'll build a Makefile when they shouldn't.

There's really nothing we can do about this.

If the C code is bad or the extconf.rb doesn't write a Makefile then  
things are good.

Eric Hodel - drbrain at segment7.net - http://blog.segment7.net


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