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Source code changes of the file "contrib/README" between
automake-1.16.2.tar.xz and automake-1.16.3.tar.xz

About: GNU Automake is a Makefile generator (input Makefile.am, output Makefile.in; intended for use with autoconf).

README  (automake-1.16.2.tar.xz):README  (automake-1.16.3.tar.xz)
This is the 'contrib' directory of the GNU Automake distribution. This is the 'contrib' directory of the GNU Automake distribution.
Here you'll find additions to the Automake base distribution, in form of Here you'll find additions to the Automake base distribution, in the form of
makefile fragments, m4 macros, scripts, documentation, et cetera. Such makefile fragments, m4 macros, scripts, documentation, et cetera: additions
addition that might be useful for a significant percentage of its general that might be handy to many users, but (for one reason or another) are not
audience, but (for one reason or another) are not deemed appropriate for deemed appropriate for inclusion into the Automake core.
inclusion into the Automake core.
There are several reasons for which a feature can be kept in contrib: There are several reasons that a feature might be kept in contrib:
1. The long-term usefulness of the feature is debatable and uncertain; 1. The long-term usefulness of the feature is debatable and uncertain;
on-field and real-word testing are necessary to prove or disprove real-world testing is necessary to prove or disprove its usefulness,
its usefulness, before the feature can be committed into the Automake before the feature can be committed into the Automake core (as doing so
core (as doing so too early would later force us to continue the too early would later force us to continue support for
support for backward-compatibility, even if the features proves backward-compatibility, even if the feature proved flawed or fails to
flawed or fails to attract widespread use). attract widespread use).
2. The APIs or overall design of the feature are still unstable, and 2. The APIs or overall design of the feature are still unstable, and need
need on-field testing to iron warts and usability bugs, or uncover testing to iron out warts and usability bugs, or uncover potential flaws.
potential flaws.
3. The feature was an historical one, mostly obsoleted but still used 3. The feature was an historical one, mostly obsolete but still used in the
"here and there" in the wild; so we want to to deprecate it and wild. We want to deprecate it and remove it from the Automake core, but
remove it from the Automake core, but cannot remove it altogether, cannot remove it altogether, for the sake of the existing usage, so it
for the sake of those still-existing usage. So it gets moved in gets moved to contrib.
contrib.
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