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Re: "cvsu --list" during distcheck

From: Alexandre Duret-Lutz
Subject: Re: "cvsu --list" during distcheck
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2004 16:04:33 +0100
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>>> "Jim" == Jim Meyering <address@hidden> writes:

 Jim> Alexandre Duret-Lutz <address@hidden> wrote:
 >> I can't distcheck coreutils, because it hangs like this:
 Jim> [using my private, hacked-up version of cvsu]

 Jim> Hi Alexandre!

 Jim> Thanks for reporting that.
 Jim> I knew that particular little sin would come back to haunt me :-)

 Jim> It's a copy of http://www.cygnus.com/~tromey/ from around 1998
 Jim> that I and a few other people have hacked on since.

Hi Jim.  I've got another problem with this while trying to test
the upcoming automake 1.8.1 on coreutils 5.1.0.

The use of cvsu in distcheck rules prevents users to run `make
distcheck' (because CVS/Entries does not exist in released

I think this is unfortunate for two reasons

  - I expect people who send patches to distcheck their changes
    first.  Obviously they can't.

  - I do not think a package should dictate users which tools
    they must use for source management.

I'd suggest that this test be disabled if cvsu or CVS/Entries is
missing, or moved to a separate target (cvsdistcheck?) that
depends on distcheck.
Alexandre Duret-Lutz

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