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Re: empty gnulib directory on git

From: Bernhard Voelker
Subject: Re: empty gnulib directory on git
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 08:58:16 +0100
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On 1/17/19 8:21 AM, Gabor Z. Papp wrote:
> Hello all,
> whats the point of the empty gnulib directory in the current git
> source?

It is a submodule which is cloned during bootstrap:

  $ ./bootstrap
  ./bootstrap: Bootstrapping from checked-out coreutils sources...
  ./bootstrap: consider installing git-merge-changelog from gnulib
  ./bootstrap: getting gnulib files...
  Submodule 'gnulib' (git:// registered for path 
  Cloning into '/dev/shm/coreutils/gnulib'...
  Submodule path 'gnulib': checked out 

> bootstrapping doesn't work (as excepted) due the empty gnulib
> directory.
> The bootstrap script fails with missing m4 file from the m4 directory.

What do you mean with "doesn't work" exactly?  And what makes you think this is
due to the empty gnulib directory?  More details, please.

Here, a fresh "git clone" followed by

  ./bootstrap && ./configure && make

works (just checked again).

Have a nice day,

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