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Quoting John D. Ramsdell (
> Daniel Silverstone <> writes:
> > Lua /is/ easy to install, perhaps not for people who don't know what they're
> > doing when they install software which isn't pre-packaged, but then again,
> > is that such a bad thing?
> This is false.  Lua is not easy to install.  For autoconfig'ed
> systems, one simply types:
> $ ./configure
> $ make
> $ make install
> There are no instructions to read, and the process can be automated.
> This is what it means for software to be easily installed.
> The current Lua install method requires that one edit it's makefile.
> The makefile has it's own conventions that are different from every
> other package.  It's a waste of time to ask programmers to go through
> this process.
> Autoconf solved this problem a long time ago.  It's well tested
> software that is accepted by the community.  There is a reason so many
> people use it.

The reason so many use it, is that so many use it :) It doesn't mean its good.
Actually, most people I talk to think its total crap system to support alot
of broken unix'es, but they still use it since its "standard".

- Kenneth