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Re: [PATCH] bootstrap: don't exit with status 0 on errors

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: [PATCH] bootstrap: don't exit with status 0 on errors
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2012 07:13:08 -0600
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On 07/21/2012 01:27 PM, Stefano Lattarini wrote:
> Looks good, thanks.  Just a (non-rethorical) question: while you are at
> it, wouldn't it be worth converting m4 to the use of the bootstrap script
> provided by gnulib?  That would improve consistency with several others
> GNU packages.

When I first started working with GNU m4, the gnulib bootstrap script
was rather inefficient (it would do a fresh gnulib-tool --import rather
than an incremental update, every time), and I was developing on Cygwin
as my primary platform (that inefficiency translated easily into 10
minutes of extra runtime).  I think the situation has improved somewhat
in the meantime, and yes, someday I'd like to switch over to a canonical
shared script rather than having a one-off.  I also know that Gary has
written some patches to improve gnulib's bootstrap to be more
shell-function oriented (borrowing some ideas from m4 in the process,
hopefully with fewer bugs), with the intent to make bootstrap easier to
customize, but I haven't looked into reviewing those or helping the
conversion into those scripts.

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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