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bug#11323: automake-1.11.4 regression

From: Ralf Corsepius
Subject: bug#11323: automake-1.11.4 regression
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:49:21 +0200
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On 04/24/2012 10:34 AM, Stefano Lattarini wrote:
tags 11323 notabug
close 11323

Hi Ralf.

On 04/24/2012 09:50 AM, Ralf Corsepius wrote:

With automake<  1.11.4 it was possible to create empty directories this way:

mystatedir = $(pkglocalstatedir)
mystatedir_DATA =

With automake-1.11.4, this doesn't work anymore and silently breaks
existing Makefile.ams.

Not a regression, but an intended change,
I once more have to disagree with you:

This change is a critical behavioral regression, causes defective packages and forces packagers to heavily hack their packages.

  also documented in the NEWS

   - An empty declaration of a "foo_PRIMARY" don't cause anymore the
     generated install rules to create an empty $(foodir) directory

and in the relevant  news entry on Savannah:


See also:



a) This kind of changes is inappropriate within a release series.
b) You don't seem to be aware about the harmfulness of this change of yours.

Please comprend that this change was a mistake and revert it!


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