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Re: Copy files in VPATH build

From: Steffen Dettmer
Subject: Re: Copy files in VPATH build
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2010 15:14:00 +0100

On Sun, Oct 31, 2010 at 1:09 PM, Jason Curl <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> * On Oct 30, 2010, at 5:17 PM, Jason Curl<address@hidden>  wrote:
>>>> When building my package with "./configure" everything works well as
>>>> some datafiles that are required for tests are in the correct place
>>>> (my tests don't need to be installed with "make install"). However,
>>>> when I use VPATH builds with "../configure", I don't know how to get
>>>> my data files copied from the source to the current build path.

> cpreadini:
>   address@hidden@/ @srcdir@/read.ini ./read.ini

For some similar cases here we simply made some `' and
used AC_CONFIG_FILES (of course requires not to have @token@ in
the read.ini file), maybe not nice but pragmatic :)

Why are the copies needed?
Most of our tests working on input data files either create the

readtest_DEPENDENCIES=$(LIBDEPS) read.ini
read.ini: Makefile
        echo "; autogen by" > read.ini
        @echo "[test]" >> read.ini
        @echo "opt=val" >> read.ini

(BTW, is this right?)

or have something like

with a (could even be autogenerated):

test -z "$srcdir" && srcdir=.
./readtest --ini-file=$srcdir/read.ini

Is this done right and portable?



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