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Re: [bug-patch] [PATCH 1/2] build: include .version in tarball to avoid

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: [bug-patch] [PATCH 1/2] build: include .version in tarball to avoid distcheck failure
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 14:20:27 +0200

Andreas Gruenbacher wrote:
> On Wed, 2011-08-10 at 16:55 +0200, Jim Meyering wrote:
>> Here are two patches:
>> The first prevents make distcheck failure,
>> and the second helps Mac OS 10.5 users who use patch
>> to operate on very large files.
> both patches look reasonable.

Thanks for the review.  Pushed.

> Can you add .tarball-version to .gitignore as well as suggested in
> build-aux/git-version-gen?

For reference, here is the comment:

    # It is probably wise to add these two files to .gitignore, so that you
    # don't accidentally commit either generated file.

That comment is borderline erroneous.
It gives good advice wrt .version, but not for .tarball-version.
I've just corrected it in gnulib:


Because .tarball-version is never generated in a git-controlled
directory, there is no risk that it would be accidentally VC-added.
And anyone who VC-adds the contents of a distribution tarball
will end up with a lot more to regret than one extra dot file.

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