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Subject: [OMPI devel] Configure and contrib pkgs
From: Ralph H Castain (rhc_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-03-03 13:16:38

We have several options in configure that take lists as their argument. Yet
there appears to be no way for a user to find out valid members for those

For example, we have the option --enable-contrib-no-build. Is there some way
that the user and/or sys admin can find out what contributed packages are in
this distribution? Do they have to just leaf through the source code,
assuming that they know where the contributed packages are stored?

Also, is there some way that configure can output "here are the packages I
am going to build" in a more concise format than we currently get? I'm not
knocking the current output, but it is rather verbose and hard to find just
the list of what is going to be built.

I'm wondering about this since we now have so many things building by
default - if a user wants to -not- build them, they first have to (a) know
that they are being built, and (b) figure out how to tell configure not to
build them.

It isn't very obvious at the moment - at least, not to me, and I'm coming
across cases where people are simply mis-configuring the system out of
ignorance and/or not realizing what the system is doing.

Do we need to do something about this?