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First of all, thanks to all those speedy replies. I gave up on that script after realising that a Makefile does the job
2x better (I mean with the logs and output redirection). If anyone is interested,
I will post later a sample of my makefile.
Each package needs to be handled individually or things get way complicated. I have some pkgbuild scripts which make mega-packages or multiple pks from one or two source-dirs, but it really gets complicated. You should only do this where it's really necessary like for glibc or util-linux.
What pkgbuild does is put all the repetitive code out of the way in functions. This leaves the script very brief for normal autoconf pkgs which compile okay, with only pkg name and version details which distinguish it from another script.
Any special options or added code between functions is easily added and seen.
You'll also find examples for group and chain build scripts which will build all the pkgs from a text-file list or in the current working dir.