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Re: make distcheck and the /etc dir

From: Jason Curl
Subject: Re: make distcheck and the /etc dir
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2007 21:26:00 +0200
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Daniel Leidert wrote:
Am Montag, den 04.06.2007, 15:56 +0200 schrieb Jason Curl:

I have a project where the program expects the configuration files to be stored in '/etc/lx2005'. Appropriately, I've got such a

   # for installing configuration data

This line misses a $(DESTDIR) to not break package builds and distcheck.

   etc_DATA = serlog.conf
The configuration that gets copied depends on the 'configure' script setting the variable $(MACHINE).

When I run 'make distcheck' it fails as it cannot install the files to '/etc/lx2005'. I would very much like the location of the configuration files to be independent of $(prefix) as the locations my project searches are independent of where it was installed.

No problem: But you should add the DESTDIR variable to hardcoded paths.
If you use sysconfdir etc.pp, you don't need to add the DESTDIR variable

Installing to my remote file system is easy enough and it works:
   make DESTDIR="/mnt/remotefs" install

And the configuration file then is inside /etc and not /mnt/remotefs?
Why? And BTW: That should be done using --prefix=/mnt/remotefs
--sysconfdir=/etc and not DESTDIR (IMHO). DESTDIR is used e.g. for
creating packages (e.g. Debian packages). With your usage of this
variable, you break the possibility to package your software, because it
will try to write to /etc in every case.

The configuration file gets copied to where I need it at "/mnt/remotefs/etc/lx2005". I have --prefix=/ in this case as when "remotefs" is mounted it looks like "/etc/lx2005". It's actually a Compact Flash card that is later removed from the USB device and installed in an x86 machine to boot from. DESTDIR appears to fit the situation perfectly. I've just updated to autoconf-2.61 and automake-1.10 and confirmed it does that.

How can I get 'make distcheck' to work with this configuration? Alternatively, I'm open for other ideas of implementation.

BTW: If you use


you can set


And if you want to make this the default, set it in your configure


However, you should carefully think about this. I personally would leave
it up to the user to choose a directory.

After comments from previous posts I'm thinking how I can then take the prefix the user provided and put that in "config.h" that the program can then read to know where the configuration files are. I'll now have to learn how to extend the installation to make backups of any old configurations that might be there.

Doing AC_SUBST([sysconfdir],[/etc]) brings back the original problem and doesn't help.

Regards, Daniel

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