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Re: ice-9 scrdir!=builddir

From: Thien-Thi Nguyen
Subject: Re: ice-9 scrdir!=builddir
Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2001 13:22:51 -0700

   From: "Golubev I. N." <address@hidden>
   Date: Sat, 06 Oct 2001 12:35:07 (GMT)

   To be frank, in my original patch I just stole (known to be robust)
   code from `install-*DATA' target generated by automake.  And if what
   you describe passes all tests, why not contact automake maintainers
   to use it more widely and make `Makefile.in's shorter.

despite its apparent effacacy at this time, the original expansion was
quite hairy, which does not give me confidence in its robustness.

in any case, the issue was (and may continue to be, depending on what we
learn about this kind of situation) a legitimate usage bug, so if
anything, we should look for hints in the automake documentation that
pertain to this situation, apply them, and suggest to the automake
maintainers how to make these hints more easy to get at.

well, having written the above, i scanned automake-1.5 info pages for
"scrdir" and found a similar usage in node "Extending":

   For instance, here is one way to install a file in `/etc':

             $(INSTALL_DATA) $(srcdir)/afile /etc/afile

that this usage is in this node suggests that your analysis may be
correct after all; automake is not well-defined for this situation, so
perhaps we can contribute more substantially than i originally thought.


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