GNU Automake 1.15 Released, Still Preparing For Automake 2.0
Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 6 January 2015 at 09:11 AM EST. 4 Comments
GNU --
GNU Automake 1.15 was released today as a bug-fix release and continued warning about Automake 2.0 breakage. The Automake 1.15 release comes one year after the development of this important GNU project has been on rather troubled ground.

Stefano Lattarini announced Automake 1.15 this morning and said, "This much-needed, bug-fixing release comes after a whole year of stalling and inactivity in the Automake development. It fixes several bugs (some recent, some long-standing) of minor and medium severity."

Among the bug-fixing that went on is for make distcheck sometimes failing to detect missing files from the distribution tarball, improvements in the install-sh script, and various other bugs have been squashed.

The Automake 1.15 announcement also warns of future backward incompatibilities coming wiht Automake 2.0. GNU Automake 2.0 will require Autoconf 2.70 or later, it will drop support for the name, it will drop support for some older platforms (such as SGI C/C++ compilers on IRIX), it will remove support for MS-DOS and Windows 95/98/ME, and Automake-provided scripts and Makefile recipes might finally start assuming a POSIX shell is present.

More details on the Automake 1.15 changes and the breakage coming whenever Automake 2.0 ends up getting released is outlined in the release announcement.
Related News
About The Author
Author picture

Michael Larabel is the principal author of and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 20,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via

Popular News This Week