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Re: make dist failure with directory symlink

From: Martin Frydl
Subject: Re: make dist failure with directory symlink
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 13:06:52 +0200
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Alexandre Duret-Lutz wrote:
"Martin" == Martin Frydl <address@hidden> writes:

 Martin> I have a special rule in my which creates symlink to
 Martin> one of source directories when building to different directory tree
 Martin> (using VPATH). I have this directory also in EXTRA_DIST.

Could you show an example of such a setup?  I don't understand
why you EXTRA_DIST a directory you don't want to distribute.

I've attached an example. Just run - it will run automake/autoconf for setup, create build directory, run configure in it, compile and then try to run make dist. It should fail with error:

cp: cannot overwrite directory `make-dist-test-0.1/files' with non-directory

I want the directory to be distributed. It contains many test files used by program being built and the test program expects them in directory where it lies. Therefore I create a symlink to that directory in sources.

It's important that we copy symlinked files and I tend to think
we should not handle directory differently.

I agree, the problem is that cp does not like copying of symlink onto a directory.


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