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Re: groff-1.23.0.rc4 - no ./configure?

From: G. Branden Robinson
Subject: Re: groff-1.23.0.rc4 - no ./configure?
Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2023 18:51:09 -0500

At 2023-04-25T01:35:03+0200, Alejandro Colomar wrote:
> > Curious way to put it.  I wondered something along those lines
> > recently: Is it possible to teach cgit how to create a tarball?  It
> > would be nice if I just made a tag and cgit would do the automated
> > process necessary for the tarball.
> > 
> > Moreover, I considered not releasing tarballs anymore as a
> > possibility, since one can produce them following some repeatable
> > command.
> > 
> > Would I be able to teach cgit to run
> > 
> >     $ make dist-gz
> > 
> > And then find the tarball in ./.tmp/$(git describe).tar.gz ?
> Probably not.  My guess is that cgit just calls git-archive(1).

It's complicated, and has come up before[1].  I used to try to support
the cgit-constructed tarballs but it was too much support effort.

A big part of the problem is that whatever assembles the archives
doesn't pay attention to git submodules.  One of the most important
differences between a cgit-generated archive from the groff repo and a
distribution archive prepared by the maintainer is that the latter
includes the gnulib sources.  (Including the stuff that "make dist"
constructs for inclusion in the archive is the other important element.)


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