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Re: [PATCH] bootstrap: add bootstrap_sync option.

From: Joel E. Denny
Subject: Re: [PATCH] bootstrap: add bootstrap_sync option.
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 19:03:46 -0400 (EDT)
User-agent: Alpine 1.00 (DEB 882 2007-12-20)

Hi Paul,

On Mon, 18 Oct 2010, Paul Eggert wrote:

> How about another idea: have a very simple bootstrap script.  All it
> does is fetch gnulib, and execute gnulib's more-complicated script.

We've started down that road before, but for a different initial reason.  
The idea arises a few messages into the following thread:


Maybe it's worth reviewing.

On Mon, 18 Oct 2010, Paul Eggert wrote:

> On 10/18/2010 08:34 PM, Gary V. Vaughan wrote:
> > I would prefer your "boot" script to be called "bootstrap", and rename
> > the current "bootstrap" to something else, maybe "autoconfiscate"
> Yes, that would be even better.  "autoconfiscate" is a bit long, though.
> How about "cobble" instead?  "cobble" is a nice word, since it falls
> between "bootstrap" and "make", and it has all the right connotations:
> a cobbler makes (and repairs) boots, and a programmer cobbles together a hack.

It's clever, but why not something more obvious like the following?


Gnulib users will see that there are two bootstrap scripts to choose from, 
and they can read the documentation to understand the difference.  I 
suspect most will want to rename the script that they select to just 
"bootstrap" when they copy it to their local project.

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