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Re: [bug-gettext] gettext source contains help2man. Is this really neede

From: Daiki Ueno
Subject: Re: [bug-gettext] gettext source contains help2man. Is this really needed?
Date: Tue, 05 Jan 2016 12:57:48 +0900
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Santiago Vila <address@hidden> writes:

> While fixing the previous bug I noticed that the build process
> modifies msgfmt.1. This is because we modify msgfmt so that it always
> output little endian.
> But I don't really want msgfmt.1 to be modified just because of this.
> In the past I used to insert a suitable "touch" command somewhere in
> debian/rules so that msgfmt.1 was not considered "outdated". Is there
> any better way?

A possible idea is to compare the output of help2man with the existing
one, and don't overwrite it if they are identical (except the date), in
a similar way to the msgmerge call in po/Makefile.in.in.  I personally
feel it as a bit over-engineering, though.

> Should help2man be really part of the gettext source tarball? I would
> think that it is on the same level as automake or autoconf.

I don't know, but some other projects (e.g. coreutils) also ships a copy
of help2man for some reasons.

Daiki Ueno

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