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Re: [PATCH] Fix DEVEL=1 build

From: Yuchen Pei
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Fix DEVEL=1 build
Date: Thu, 05 Oct 2023 22:39:15 +1100
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Hi Mark
On Thu 2023-10-05 01:09:24 -0400, Mark H Weaver wrote:

> Hi Yuchen,

> Yuchen Pei <> writes:

>> When setting DEVEL=1 in makeicecat, the build fails at the following
>> step

>>     for file_to_append in $(cd "${DATADIR}"/files-to-append; find . -type f 
>> -print); do
>>         echo Appending new data to the end of file: $file_to_append
>>         cat "${DATADIR}"/files-to-append/$file_to_append >> $file_to_append
>>     done

> Thanks for reporting this.  I haven't seen this behavior.

That's surprising to me, because I'm not the first one doing this. In
fact, I learned the trick from the AUR PKGBUILD:

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
    sed -e 's/DEVEL=0/DEVEL=1/g' -i makeicecat
    # Also you can choose your locale using external variable _LOCALE. By 
default in upstream script this locale is es-ES
    [ -z "$_LOCALE" ] || sed -e "s/es-ES/$_LOCALE/g" -i makeicecat && echo 
"$_LOCALE" > custom-shipped-locales
    rm -rf data/files-to-append/l10n/*
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

Are you able to reprod a failure when doing the following in a clean git
clone / worktree?

sed -e 's/DEVEL=0/DEVEL=1/g' -i makeicecat

>> Removing ${DATADIR}/files-to-append/l10n/* fixes the issue.

> I would prefer to find a better solution.  Those files are there for a
> reason.  We should not simply delete them.

They are probably useful when DEVEL=0, but I'm not sure about when

> In order to fix this properly, we must first understand what went wrong.
> Was there an error message?  Can you provide a transcript of the session
> demonstrating the failure?

Sorry I don't have enough disk space atm, or time to clean my disk...
I'll try when I have time for these tasks. But IIRC it is pretty simple:
some non-existing directory component in $file_to_append

for example, we have

which in the cat command expands to

cat data/files-to-append/l10n/it/browser/browser/preferences/preferences.ftl >> 

at least part of the l10n/it/browser/browser/preferences/ does not exist
yet when this cat command is attempted.

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