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bug#55304: build: INSTALL file is missing from .tar.gz snapshots

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: bug#55304: build: INSTALL file is missing from .tar.gz snapshots
Date: Sat, 7 May 2022 22:02:56 +0100
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tag 55304 notabug
close 55304

On 07/05/2022 20:10, dg1727 via GNU coreutils Bug Reports wrote:
In the following snapshot:


... the file README says the following a few paragraphs from the top:

If this file came to you as part of a tar archive, then see the file INSTALL
for compilation and installation instructions.

The file INSTALL doesn't seem to be in the tar archive.

Can this file be added to the snapshot, to assist users compiling the

I'm having an issue attempting to compile; if the INSTALL file helps me with
this issue, then I won't need to ask on the coreutils@gnu.org mailing list.

Many thanks in advance.

snapshots of a git repo are generally treated differently from a "dist" 
Specifically to build from a git snapshot, you would be acting like a developer,
and so would follow README-hacking instructions.

Note INSTALL _is_ present in the dist tarball, but not in the snapshot,
as that file comes from the gnulib submodule, and following README-hacking
instructions should populate all gnulib files.

If you only want to build, then it's best to go from the distribution tarballs
available at https://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/coreutils/


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