Doug Porter dsp at
Wed Oct 13 18:59:52 PDT 2004

"Evan Martin" <martine at> wrote:
> As I recall, the --foreign flag to automake tells it "this
> isn't GPLed software, so don't add your files".

Using the --foreign option makes automake less strict about GNU
policy (it doesn't have anything to do with the GNU GPL per se).
It is supposed to do only the minimum necessary.

> But I thought we already used that?

Actually the script is using --gnu...  The following
trivial patch resolves the problem:

RCS file: /home/cvspub/wcmtools/memcached/,v
retrieving revision 1.6
diff -u -r1.6
---	12 Aug 2003 18:32:44 -0000	1.6
+++	14 Oct 2004 01:57:57 -0000
@@ -14,7 +14,7 @@
 echo "automake..."
-$AUTOMAKE --gnu --add-missing || automake --gnu --add-missing || exit 1
+$AUTOMAKE --foreign --add-missing || automake --foreign --add-missing || exit 1
 echo "autoconf..."

Doug Porter <dsp at>

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