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GNU packs with generated README

From: Ronald Landheer
Subject: GNU packs with generated README
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2002 13:37:57 +0200

Hello all,

I'm trying to bootstrap a package that is "almost" completely compliant with 
the GNU coding standards: the only difference with a normal GNU pack is that 
the README file is generated (from a perlpod file). This is meant to make it 
easier to make the same kind of file in a manpage (section 7), HTML page, etc.

My bootstrap script looks like this:

-- BEGIN ./bootstrap --
#! /bin/sh
set -x
automake -i --add-missing --copy
--- END ./bootstrap ---

and my like this (for as far as the README is concerned):

-- BEGIN section --
README : Hash.7.pod
        pod2text $< > $@
        cat >> $@
--- END section ---

What I'd like to know is whether it is possible to keep the GNU (--gnu) 
standards for Automake's checking, but not have it look at README while 
bootstrapping: if it every should fail to "build" README, it wouldn't be 
able to `make`, but bootstrapping should still work if one of the 
required files is a make target, IMHO.

The reason I want to keep the --gnu strictness is that I want --add-
missing to work, as I don't want to have the GNU COPYING files, etc. in 
my CVS.

Any pointers would be very welcome.


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