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Re: gettext in bootstrap-tools

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: gettext in bootstrap-tools
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2010 11:32:41 +0200
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Hi Joel,

> On the bison mailing lists, it was recently suggested that bison should 
> include gettext in bootstrap-tools in cfg.mk.  That sounds reasonable to 
> me, but I see that coreutils and m4 don't do this.

The gnulib 'gettext' module is a substitute for part of what 'gettextize' or
'autopoint' installs. Since I see [1] that bison omits Makefile.in.in from
the git repository, if you use the 'gettext' module, you should also ensure
that you copy the files from gnulib/build-aux/po/* into po/ and runtime-po/,
using "gnulib-tool --copy-file". You will then also have to invoke
'autoreconf' with AUTOPOINT=':', so that autopoint is not run.

It is simpler to rely on what the 'bootstrap' script does by default.
Like coreutils and m4 do.

> Is there any general  
> rule of thumb about which tools are significant enough to be listed?

When you choose from the list of gnulib modules [2], I don't understand
what you mean by "significant"? Either you need a certain module, based
on its description, or not. Can you rephrase the question?


[1] http://git.savannah.gnu.org/gitweb/?p=bison.git;a=tree
[2] http://www.gnu.org/software/gnulib/MODULES.html

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