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Re: automake variable prefix 'check_'

From: John Calcote
Subject: Re: automake variable prefix 'check_'
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2021 12:06:40 -0700

On Tue, Feb 2, 2021 at 11:46 AM Zack Weinberg <> wrote:

> On Tue, Feb 2, 2021 at 1:24 PM DUDZIAK Krzysztof
> <> wrote:
> > As one can't find string "distcheck" in GCS
> By GCS do you mean the GNU Coding Standards?
> > it looks like it wasn't GCS
> > which constitutes support and usage of `distcheck' target.
> > Maybe it is POSIX, or UNIX.
> As far as I know, the distcheck target was invented by automake. It
> probably should be added to the GNU Coding Standards, if it's not
> there already, but I don't know if anyone is working on that document
> anymore.
> > I wonder if recipe to build `distcheck' target
> > as compiled by automake gets same form as John Calcote
> > describes it in chapter 3 his Practitioner's Guide (2nd ed.).
> I have not read this book. Since it was published ten years ago,
> anything it describes may well be out of date.  I don't think
> distcheck has changed much in that time, but I could be wrong.
The second edition was published in 2019, so more like a year and a half
It's pretty up to date even with 2.70 as I tried to consider changes that
had been made in
the repository that had yet to be published.


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