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Re: Could the --add-missing option be supported in AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE?

From: Jeff Johnston
Subject: Re: Could the --add-missing option be supported in AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE?
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 11:37:55 -0400
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On 08/17/2012 07:03 AM, Stefano Lattarini wrote:
Severity: wishlist

[CC:ing bug-automake so that I won't forget about this issue]

On 08/17/2012 01:04 AM, Jeff Johnston wrote:
If a file is edited and the following added:


I think you shouldn't add both, BTW; AC_PROG_LIBTOOL is the
obsolescent name for LT_INIT AFAIK.

Ok, the lines above were part of a bug report for the Eclipse CDT autotools plug-in and I just copied
it over.

The make can fail when it tries to do an automake and
is missing.

Note that even "automake --add-missing" wouldn't help you here,
because the is provided by Libtool, not Automake, and
installed by 'libtoolize', not by 'automake'.

The end-user ended up using autoreconf -i.  In that case, would it
make sense for maintainer mode to run autoreconf -i?

Still, for other, similar use cases (e.g., adding AC_PROG_CC_C_O
or AM_PROG_AR to your request sounds valid.

How does one set up automake to use the --add-missing parameter

Currently, one can't.

It's not recognized as an option to use with AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE,

Well, automake could be enhanced to recognize a "add-missing" option
in AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE too.  This would seem a good idea, but I need to
think about it more carefully, in case there is some a subtle reason
for the current beaviour, and against the proposed enhancement.

and the generated call to AUTOMAKE in the Makefile does not use
an option variable that can be set.

Should this be used by default in the Makefile when maintainer
mode is enabled?

I don't understand this question, sorry.  What do you refer to
with "this" here?

I meant the --add-missing option when calling automake.
-- Jeff J.


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