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Re: [PATCH CVS] skip OS/2 system install

From: Akim Demaille
Subject: Re: [PATCH CVS] skip OS/2 system install
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 18:09:05 +0200
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 Peter> Akim Demaille writes:
 >> In the long term, I think that a complete rewrite of this macro would
 >> be most useful (i.e., actually checking the features we want, instead
 >> of this hardwired list of names).

 Peter> Why bother?  Since everyone is required to ship install-sh
 Peter> anyway, why not use install-sh always?  

Speed.  install-sh is really slow.

 Peter> We started doing that a while ago, and the number of
 Peter> complaints has dropped to zero.  install-sh also has the
 Peter> advantage that no developer gets away with writing unportable
 Peter> invocations of 'install'.  Anyway, if someone is insisting on
 Peter> their own magic install program, they can always run
 Peter> 'configure INSTALL=/usr/bin/install'.

I agree.  The whole point is also to get rid of mkinstalldirs, and to
be able to have a single invocation to install a bunch of files,
instead of one by one.

Automake people seem to have an additional constraint because, iirc,
of a target to create the dest dirs.  I don't understand why this
target would exist, but this "justifies" mkinstalldirs.

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