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Re: automake/390: distcheck fails with a AC_CONFIG_AUX_DIR in EXTRA_DIST

From: Alexandre Duret-Lutz
Subject: Re: automake/390: distcheck fails with a AC_CONFIG_AUX_DIR in EXTRA_DIST
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 21:30:21 +0200
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Hi Andrew,

Thanks for the report.  I've filled a PR for this bug.

>>> "Andrew" == Andrew Suffield <address@hidden> writes:


 Andrew> distcheck will fail while trying to run dist-gzip, complaining that it
 Andrew> can't put the relevant files into foo/. If this is an unsupported
 Andrew> arrangement, automake itself should probably barf on seeing the aux
 Andrew> dir in EXTRA_DIST.

I haven't tried dist-gzip, but I'm sure it will fail with
distcheck.  Automake's support for EXTRA_DISTing directories is
quite weak.  The manual recommends against using this feature.
In many respects, this is comparable to wildcards.

Most files in the AUX_DIR are automatically distributed by Automake.
(This is why EXTRA_DISTing this directory fails, but it's not
specific to AUX_DIR, it will do it for any directory that contains
files already distributed.)   If you have added some custom files in
AUX_DIR, it's better to replace
   EXTRA_DIST = auxdir


   EXTRA_DIST = auxdir/myfile1 auxdir/myfile2

The other files should be distributed already.

Alexandre Duret-Lutz

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