[u-u] Sams book

Doug Lee douglee at vex.net
Sat Jan 16 08:44:42 EST 2016

You might have the autoconf manual a few keystrokes away and not even 
realize it.
One of the problems I find with unix is the plethora of commands. 
Learning even a fraction is a problem due to the feast of plenty :-)

Looking at this page, I wondered why autoconf didn't come with a manual 
rather than going to the web. A little investigation revealed that it 

"info autoconf" brings up the whole manual starting with the index page.

Scrolling down a few pages in the index leads to the manual page 
Vance mentions below.

On Sat, 16 Jan 2016, Vance Shipley wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 9:08 PM, Jim Mercer <jim at reptiles.org> wrote:
>> if your shell scripting depends on new features, you are doing it wrong.
> As a rue of thumb I would agree.  My go to reference is the portable
> shell reference from GNU autotools (where portability is paramount):
>    http://www.gnu.org/savannah-checkouts/gnu/autoconf/manual/autoconf-2.69/html_node/Portable-Shell.html#Portable-Shell
> On the other hand if your doing devops and know a good deal about your
> target environment you should feel free to use whatever is quickest to
> write and easiest to maintain.
> --
>     -Vance
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