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Re: Proposal: dirlist.d/ directory support

From: Robert Schiele
Subject: Re: Proposal: dirlist.d/ directory support
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2006 22:04:48 +0200
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On Wed, Aug 23, 2006 at 08:20:41PM +0200, Ralf Wildenhues wrote:
> Hello Robert, Christoph, all,
> * Robert Schiele wrote on Wed, Aug 23, 2006 at 06:24:48PM CEST:
> >
> > The following patch does provide the feature as described above and I
> > would like to see it in future automake releases.  Comments,
> > suggestions, questions, or rants are always welcome.
> Automake-1.9b has support for wildcards in dirlist entries.  So, this:
>   echo "$aclocaldir/dirlist.d/*" >> $aclocaldir/dirlist
> and then having packages add a subdirectory below $aclocaldir/dirlist.d
> would be an alternative approach.  That said, I think not requiring
> third-party packages' aclocal file directories be below $aclocaldir is
> probably a good idea from a distributor's POV.

Exactly.  Let's take GNOME in /opt/gnome/ as an example.  If you have that you
might want to have GNOME m4 files in /opt/gnome/share/aclocal/ but you may
want to make some GNOME package also provide
/usr/share/aclocal/dirlist.d/gnome that includes only the line
"/opt/gnome/share/aclocal/".  Sure you could also do this with some symbolic
links but actually in my opinion the solution I provided is more clean since
it does not invent a new way of doing something but instead provides a
straight-forward extension of an existing one.

> If Alexandre likes it, then what's missing from the patch before it
> can be applied is a ChangeLog entry, an addition to the "For example"
> part in the documentation right after your patch hunk would be nice, a
> testsuite addition to make sure the feature works as intended, (note
> that I'm not implying that you have to do this work), and a copyright

I can provide all that stuff, given that someone tells me about the rules (if
there are any) on how to name the testcases and/or whether it is ok to extend
the existing one for the dirlist feature or whether a completely new one is

> assignment of the author of the patch.

Ok, since I am the author, one should just tell me what exactly is needed.


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