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RE: GNU packs with generated README

From: Ronald Landheer
Subject: RE: GNU packs with generated README
Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2002 17:49:18 +0200

Ah.. in that case I misunderstood your saying "please promote using 
autoreconf for bootstrapping": I thought you wanted to replace the 
bootstrap script with a call to autoreconf. I was saying that we 
can't do that.. As you apparently didn't mean to say that we should, 
I guess we agree :)


NB: would the README problem be solved if we add README to 
    ``$configure_dist_common'' and remove it from address@hidden'' 
    or would that mess up the usenet shars? (I don't think so, but I 
    haven't tested it). It'd have to be removed from 
    &check_gnu_standards as well, but as it would be a distri target, 
    dist build would fail with "No rule to make target README" if 
    there is no README there.
    Alternatively, the would have to be scanned for a 
    target README, and README would be required if not a target. 
    There's already the $RULEPATTERN regex that could be used to scan 
    the file in the package root directory..

-----Original Message-----
From: Akim Demaille [mailto:address@hidden Behalf Of Akim
Sent: Friday, September 13, 2002 9:38 AM
To: Ronald Landheer
Cc: address@hidden
Subject: Re: GNU packs with generated README

| Using autoreconf leaves me without any way to work around this problem, 
| unless I make a bootstrap script anyway (calling `touch README` before 
| autoreconf to make the problem disappear).

Precisely.  That's why I still don't understand your argument.  I have

| ~/src/a2ps-4.13 % cat bootstrap
| #! /bin/sh
| set -e
| contrib_scripts="card fixps pdiff psmandup psset"
| echo "Bootstrapping a2ps..."
| # These are created by the Makefile, which is missing for the time
| # being.  They are needed by configure.
| for i in $contrib_scripts
| do
|   touch contrib/$
| done
| # Autoconf, Automake, Gettext.
| autoreconf --force --install --verbose
| # Configure and make the missing guys.
| ./configure
| # Configure was using etc.  But they were probably fake ones.
| # Remove them, and let make do the rest.
| (
|   cd contrib
|   for i in $contrib_scripts
|   do
|     rm -f $i $
|   done
|   make
| )
| make

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