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Re: [Bug-gsl] overwrites file INSTALL

From: Peter Johansson
Subject: Re: [Bug-gsl] overwrites file INSTALL
Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2010 22:26:01 -0400
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[adding automake; replies can drop bug-gsl]

This is

On 6/13/10 4:16 PM, Brian Gough wrote:
At Thu, 10 Jun 2010 22:16:58 -0400,
Peter Johansson wrote:
AFAIK there is no option in Automake to '--install' only some files and
not, e.g., `INSTALL'. The simplest solution, IMVHO, would be to rename
the file INSTALL and distribute both this renamed file together with the
generic INSTALL. But it's likely that the Automake people have a better
I agree, it's a minor annoyance that it get overwritten.  I've been
leaving it alone because there are existing references to the GSL
specific info in INSTALL out there which can't be changed (e.g. in the
printed manual).  I think the best thing would be for automake to
handle the INSTALL file in a different way (for example, only updating
the generic part), the generic instructions aren't always that useful
by themselves.

Perhaps someone with more experience with Automake knows some trick to achieve what we want.

The issue is in brief that `autoreconf --force' overwrites the GSL's own INSTALL file. Is there a way to avoid that to happen? Avoid the --force option is sub-optimal because that adds the risk that files provided by automake is not updated accordingly. That has happened before that `install-sh' was not updated and the old `install-sh' was not compatible with the make rules generated by the new Automake

Is there a way to tell automake to ignore the INSTALL file, or is there another way to achieve similar thing.

Thank you,

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