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Re: sysconf_DATA v. dist_sysconf_DATA

From: Stepan Kasal
Subject: Re: sysconf_DATA v. dist_sysconf_DATA
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 21:42:49 +0100
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On Wed, Nov 08, 2006 at 11:29:39AM -0700, David Everly wrote:
> I should have used this (because test.txt is not constructed):
>   dist_sysconf_DATA = $(top_srcdir)/test.txt
> However, I've regularly run 'make distcheck' and it gives no error
> with the original sysconf_DATA.  How can this be?

`make distcheck' creates a tarball, unpacks it to a new directory and
runs build and install there.  This implies that test.txt was
installed during the process.  So it seems it was available.

When you run `make dist' with the old setup, is test.txt packed in
the resulting tarball?

Perhaps the file was mentioned in EXTRA_DIST, or another list of
distributed files.  In that case it would not be strictly necessary
to use `dist_sysconf_DATA' instead of `sysconf_DATA'.

But in most cases, it is more readable to use `dist_sysconf_DATA'.


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