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Re: Avoid VPATH-related distcheck failures with non-GNU make

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: Avoid VPATH-related distcheck failures with non-GNU make
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2011 09:59:53 -0600 (CST)
User-agent: Alpine 2.01 (GSO 1266 2009-07-14)

On Sun, 16 Jan 2011, Ralf Wildenhues wrote:

I reject the notion of disallowing VPATH builds with GNU make only.
The reason is simple: I make good use of this feature every time I test
the Automake package with some non-GNU make (I build several platforms
off of one tree shared via NFS).  It would make my testing significantly
harder if GNU make needed to be added to the mix.

I agree with Ralf. I also think that refusing to work because a tool is not "GNU" is offensive and counter-productive for those who develop competing non-GNU implementations. Competing products do have incentive to offer working VPATH support because it is so useful, and because Automake uses it.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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