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Re: compiling gettext on mac os x 10.5

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: compiling gettext on mac os x 10.5
Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2009 15:06:39 +0200
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Hello Aaron,

Ralf Wildenhues wrote:
> Then, the error comes from a semantic change of the (formerly
> undocumented) m4_copy macro in Autoconf 2.64.

openmp.m4 has been changed to account for this:
but of course this change was not contained in gettext 0.17 when that
was released.

> > I have the gettext 0.17 source in our svn.  When it gets checked out
> > the files get today's date, which are of course different than the
> > dates of the file inside the tarball...
> No.  autoconf is triggered for example if the date of the configure
> script is older than the date of one of the files that the script is
> generated from: configure.ac, aclocal.m4, possibly other macro files.
> This is all documented in the manuals:
> <http://www.gnu.org/software/autoconf/manual/html_node/Making-configure-Scripts.html>
> <http://www.gnu.org/software/automake/manual/html_node/Rebuilding.html>

Yes, and that's the reason why
  - we distribute tarballs,
  - when offering the sources through a versioning system, we have an
    'autogen.sh' or 'bootstrap' script that you are meant to execute
    after doing the checkout.

If you put the tarball's contents into a versioning system of your own,
you are in the middle between both situations. Write an autogen.sh script
for yourself that will 'touch' the generated files in the right order...


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