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Re: Files to keep in a control versioning system

From: Warren Young
Subject: Re: Files to keep in a control versioning system
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 14:54:03 -0700
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Paulo J. Matos wrote:

Which files of a autotools project should be kept in a control
versioning system?

IMHO, nothing generated goes in the repository. Ever. If that means some developers are using different tools to generate these files and so get different results, that's a good thing: it exposes platform assumptions, which always need to be fixed or documented. If your users can't figure out how to bootstrap the build, checking generated files into the system to help them out amounts to ignoring these platform issues.

I don't mean to imply that bootstrapping a build system is always easy. Just that the necessary tools and procedures be documented, and as wide a range of tool versions be allowed as is practical.

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