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Re: Problem with distribution of bin_SCRIPTS

From: Benoit Sigoure
Subject: Re: Problem with distribution of bin_SCRIPTS
Date: Tue, 29 May 2007 11:25:33 +0200
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Quoting Noah Slater <address@hidden>:



In my package I would like to generate a script from a source file by
simply copying it and setting the executable bit. I do not need to
distribute the script though, only the source.

No matter how hard I try I cannot get automake to work using the
following set-up:

* The script source is distributed
* The script is NOT distributed but is generated from the source

I have attached a very small example package that reproduces the problem.

If you run "make distcheck" you should get the following error:

 cp --preserve foo
 cp: cannot stat `': No such file or directory

This is dispite being listed in EXTRA_DIST.

Any help is greatly appreciated...

Do you know about VPATH builds? It's when sources are in one (possibly read-only) tree and the build takes place in another tree. When you run make distcheck, it actually performs a VPATH build. It turns out that your Makefile does not handle VPATH builds because it assumes that is in the current directory whereas it's not the case.

You also made a typo, (s/CLEAN_FILES/CLEANFILES/) but make distcheck would have revealed this problem too.

The attached patch solves your problem. I also recommend passing the `foreign' option to AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE so that you don't have to supply all these empty files.


Benoit Sigoure aka Tsuna
EPITA Research and Development Laboratory

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diff -u -r example/ example.mine/
--- example/ 2007-05-29 10:47:16.000000000 +0200
+++ example.mine/    2007-05-29 11:19:15.000000000 +0200
@@ -1,9 +1,9 @@
 bin_SCRIPTS = foo
-       cp --preserve foo
+foo: $(srcdir)/
+       cp --preserve $(srcdir)/ foo
        chmod +x foo

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