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Re: gnulib module install

From: Matěj Týč
Subject: Re: gnulib module install
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2010 14:59:41 +0100

On 23 February 2010 00:34, Bruno Haible <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hello Matěj,
> (how do you pronounce your name? like Matyesh?)
This one is quite difficult for English speaking people :-)
I have found this one on the web and it is quite accurate:
Approx English pronunciation for Matej: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AA as in
"odd (AA.D)" ; T as in "tea (T.IY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; Y as in
"yield (Y.IY.L.D)"

>> The script solution  you have proposed does the job, but I hate when the
>> autogen.sh file has more than, let's say, ten lines.
> Well, the autogen.sh script has more to do if you omit more files from
> version control. An autogen.sh script of 100 lines doesn't disturb me
> much, if it is straightforward.
>> In fact I am
>> particularly happy if the job preceding the execution of the ./configure
>> script can be done just with autoreconf -i invocation
> 10 years from now, fetching gnulib might be as easy as this. Until then,
> you can help making it easier.
>> If I use the code in an autogen.sh of my project, the person that comes
>> to the project after me will have a problem, because he/she will have to
>> understand and maintain that code.
> The build infrastructure of a project has a size that is essentially
> proportional to the size of the project. It is normal to spend, say, 10%
> of your effort on build infrastructure. Or 20% in C projects, due to all
> the portability issues that remain even with autoconf and gnulib.

You are probably right about that, although most people don't like to
hear this :-)
I have one question, though.
Does gnulib-tool do anything else than just copying .m4 and .c files,
and playing with lib/Makefile.am?
What I mean - I wouldn't mind commiting gnulib stuff to VCS, but only
if I can omit files generated by autoreconf.
>From reading the manual, I got the impression that it is strictly the
either-or approach, but now I think that I have not understood that
If it is not the case, then it is not that bad :-)


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