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[bug-gettext] autopoint: required config.rpath not installed for AM_ICON

From: Guillem Jover
Subject: [bug-gettext] autopoint: required config.rpath not installed for AM_ICONV
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 12:35:44 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)


When a project wants to only use AM_ICONV and none of the other gettext
autoconf macros [0], autoreconf does not invoke autopoint to install
the required config.rpath if AM_GNU_GETTEXT_VERSION is not used, the
latter does not even run standalone if the that macro is missing
(which makes sense as it needs a specific version to retrieve the
stuff from the git archive).

[0] <http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/xorg-devel/2011-August/024527.html>

If AM_GNU_GETTEXT_VERSION is used but not AM_GNU_GETTEXT, then the
whole intl/ po/ and m4/ directories are inserted which is a space
waste when the project is not going to make any use of it. If
AM_GNU_GETTEXT([external]) is used instead that's a waste at configure
time, as none of its checks are needed, and the po/ directory is still
generated and warnings about unset SUBDIRS issued. The only remaining
option is to include config.rpath in the repository, which is still
suboptimal, but better than the others.

I think it would be ideal for autopoint to recognize the case of:


and only install the required files.

A trivial test case follows:

,--- configure.ac ---
AC_INIT([ac-iconv] [0.0])
AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE([1.8 foreign])

,--- Makefile.am ---


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