Is %autosetup another unwanted baby of Fedora?

Marcin Juszkiewicz mjuszkiewicz at
Mon Jul 13 13:48:20 UTC 2015

W dniu 13.07.2015 o 15:22, Adam Jackson pisze:
> On Mon, 2015-07-13 at 14:39 +0200, Marcin Juszkiewicz wrote:
>> Is it because no one told that it exists? Or maybe because
>> implementation has some issues which no one wants to fix? Or other (I
>> exclude laziness of package maintainers)?
> rpm macros only get used if they work on the oldest OS release the
> maintainer cares about.  If you want the spec to build on rhel6 you
> can't use autosetup; or, you can, but you have to hide it behind %if
> and then _also_ do it the other way in the %else, so why bother since
> it doesn't make anything cleaner.

In other words: %autosetup may get used in 2025 when we finally forget 
why it was invented. Unless it got stripped from RHEL set of rpm macros.

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