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Re: [PATCH] maint: update gnulib to latest

From: Bernhard Voelker
Subject: Re: [PATCH] maint: update gnulib to latest
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2018 11:53:25 +0200
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On 07/24/2018 10:49 PM, Eric Blake wrote:
> As long as any customizations can be characterized into overrides and 
> the generic
> rule in knows how to honor those overrides, it seems like it should 
> work.
> But I'm not sure what data representation would be easiest to manipulate into 
> those overrides.

maybe a simple variable?

    gnulib/doc/COPYINGv3         COPYING
    gnulib/build-aux/bootstrap   bootstrap
    gnulib/tests/         tests/
  ' # Gnulib file                # file in project

and then doing a loop over it line-by-line?

> A different approach would be using git symlinks that point into the git 
> submodule
> (then your local file is always up-to-date if your submodule is up-to-date).

This has 2 aspects:

a) I'm no lawyer, but I guess the 'COPYING' file needs to be in the
project repository physically, i.e., no symlink.

b) Sometimes, a project may choose not to take a newer version (yet),
or may need to have a local change which didn't make it into upstream
gnulib for whatever reason.

Have a nice day,

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