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Re: FYI: removing more generated files

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: FYI: removing more generated files
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2007 17:00:35 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.17 (2007-11-08)

Hello Jim,

* Jim Meyering wrote on Sat, Nov 10, 2007 at 10:28:42PM CET:
> I was surprised to see diffs after running make with one of
> the clean targets.  These were the culprits:
>       Remove generated files from version control.
>       * INSTALL: Remove generated file.
>       * lib/autoscan/autoscan.list: Remove generated file.

Well, after this patch I get a build failure.  So I do
  autoreconf -i

which causes automake to install (an outdated copy of) `INSTALL'.
This copy is not updated again later, though.  So unless
doc/install.texi changes in-between the last time `autoreconf -i'
is run, and `make dist', the distribution will carry the wrong file.

What's more, at least the Automake package, but also gnulib I think,
pull INSTALL from Autoconf's viewcvs (Autoconf is the primary source for
the `INSTALL' file).  It's likely that the location

needs to be changed anyways, as it points to a stale CVS repo, but it
would be unhelpful if INSTALL were not available at all for fetching.


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