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Re: [PATCH] README: fix installation instructions

From: Mathieu Lirzin
Subject: Re: [PATCH] README: fix installation instructions
Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2018 23:53:35 +0100
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Reuben Thomas <address@hidden> writes:

> INSTALL is a generated file (it comes from gnulib). It should not
> therefore be checked into git unless there's a really good
> reason. Note that it *should* be (and is!) distributed, so that when a
> user unpacks a distribution tarball, it will be there, ready to refer
> to.​
> ​I suggest that README should make it more obvious that one needs to
> consult README-dev if building from git.​ But that's really the only
> change needed here.

I was mistakenly thinking that INSTALL was explaining what to do when
the configure script was not present (i.e. See ./README* files for
additional build instructions).  But this is not the case and I am not
sure if it would be a good idea to do so.

As a consequence, I agree with your suggestion.  What about something

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8--- See
See the file INSTALL for building and installation instructions.  If
this file is not present, it means that you are using a development
repository so see README-dev for preliminary build instructions.
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---


Mathieu Lirzin
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