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[Bug-gsl] autogen.sh overwrites file INSTALL

From: Peter Johansson
Subject: [Bug-gsl] autogen.sh overwrites file INSTALL
Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2010 22:16:58 -0400
User-agent: Thunderbird (X11/20090105)


I noticed that when I run `./autogen.sh' it will run delete the file `INSTALL' and instead create a link to `/usr/local/share/automake-1.11/INSTALL'. This is because automake is run with '--foce-missing'. If I instead run 'autoreconf -ivf' as recommended by autogen.sh, the same thing happens: the INSTALL file is replaced by a link to...

I understand the --force option is desired in order to avoid missing upgrades of other automake provided files such as the script missing. On the other hand, the current behavior is a bit annoying as it took me some time to get back the INSTALL file (not very familiar with git:( ), and I figure the risk that the generic FSF INSTALL goes into a release tarball rather than GSL's INSTALL is quite significant.

AFAIK there is no option in Automake to '--install' only some files and not, e.g., `INSTALL'. The simplest solution, IMVHO, would be to rename the file INSTALL and distribute both this renamed file together with the generic INSTALL. But it's likely that the Automake people have a better solution.


Peter Johansson

svndigest maintainer, http://dev.thep.lu.se/svndigest
yat maintainer,       http://dev.thep.lu.se/yat

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