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Re: git-version-gen not working with Savannah/cgit snapshots

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: git-version-gen not working with Savannah/cgit snapshots
Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2022 17:53:40 +0200

G. Branden Robinson wrote:
> I've
> become uncertain about whether groff's build is doing to the right thing
> with respect to the '.version' file that it creates in (by
> running git-version-gen).

GNU gettext's happens to have the same rules as groff's
As far as I understand the intent:
  - .tarball-version is a file that the maintainer creates when they are
    about to create a new release.
  - The git-version-gen output is derived from this file (if present) and from
    the git history.
  - The .version file is a cache of the git-version-gen output, so that it can
    be used as a dependency in Makefile rules.

> In Git checkouts, this file has a tendency to
> keep stale version string in it that grows progressively staler

Yes, I observe this as well, in GNU gettext.


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