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Re: [wdiff-bugs] Build problems fixed, please test for 0.5.4 release

From: Denver Gingerich
Subject: Re: [wdiff-bugs] Build problems fixed, please test for 0.5.4 release
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2007 11:31:25 -0400

On 6/23/07, Santiago Vila <address@hidden> wrote:
On Sat, 23 Jun 2007, Denver Gingerich wrote:

> > Frankly, I think the current build system (using "touch" and similar things)
> > is too much hacky for a GNU official release. Sometimes I use that trick
> > on Debian packages because I need to make the Makefiles to believe
> > that I have not modified something in the Debian .diff.gz, but that
> > have been always a temporary hack until the next upstream "clean"
> > version which does not need any hacks.
> Personally, I'm fine with keeping this hack in because it's for
> somewhat of an intermediate release.  Once we remake the build system
> for the package, these sorts of things should become a non-issue, but
> I don't want to do that in this release because its intent is to be an
> integration of 0.5g.  Please comment on whether you think this is too
> hacky, especially if you have lots of experience with GNU packages.

I have some experience packaging GNU packages for Debian, and I have
never seen a hack like that in an official GNU package.

Good to know.  In that case I will endeavor to remove the hack.

Anyway, isn't this what automake's "maintainer mode" is for? If the
makefiles do what they are supposed to do, generated files will always
have a later timestamp than the files on which they depend, so by
artificially using "touch", things will work worse, not better.

Do you suggest we put AM_MAINTAINER_MODE in configure.in?  I see from
the automake FAQ that some people don't like maintainer mode
Is it the right thing to do for this sort of situation?


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