> Oh, and it doesn't require building any kind of 'executable tool' at all, only a portable shell script. The entire *reason* why configure scripts are a shell script is because the distributor / builder needs nothing but a shell and core Unix shell tools: they do *not* need Autoconf or Automake. For scons you need a whole flipping Python installation
I think python-minimal is quite a bit smaller than POSIX base system (shell, perl, awk, GNU core utils etc). I don't understand why Autools generate scripts that are supposed to work with some foobar non-POSIX shells that don't support functions (which makes configure scripts pretty much unreadable), but then requires Perl etc.