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Re: svn copy conflicts with autotools ?

From: Henrique de Moraes Holschuh
Subject: Re: svn copy conflicts with autotools ?
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 11:46:27 -0200
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On Wed, 01 Dec 2004, Stepan Kasal wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 01, 2004 at 11:24:33AM -0200, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> > On Wed, 01 Dec 2004, Stepan Kasal wrote:
> > > I learned from that text how can autotools and CVS/svn combined.
> > > Though I personally obey the rule ``no generated files in the RCS'',
> > > I seriously considered the other alternatives because of that text.
> > 
> > I will read it, I am curious about what it says that could have such a
> > strong effect on you.  Maybe it can change my mind about the issue (but I
> > doubt it)...
> No, it didn't have _strong_ effect.  I just happened to learn about ``CVS in
> practice'' from that.  So perhaps we should suggest that the text pushes
> the rule ``no generated files in the RCS'' more strongly.

I see.  I have also read the text, and really, the two "keep autogenerated
files under revision control" rationales can IMHO be translated to "if the
project has a major mess for a development base, then you're better off with
the autogenerated files under revision control".  Of course, this assumes
that one considers "a very diverse development base" a "mess", which is not
always true.  OTOH, one can have all sort of architectures in the
development base and STILL avoid version skew trouble, that's the whole
point of autotools.

IMHO in the way of a "very diverse development base" lies madness sooner or
later anyway (and of a far worse kind than what a small version skew in
autotools would cause), so one would do best by fixing the issue in the
first place.

As for the need to run something like "./" when one gets a
development version exported from the repository, well, that's what the
INSTALL document is for, no?  It is good practice to document all you need
(including the version requirements for all build tools) in there anyway.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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