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Re: old bootstrap error emerges again

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: old bootstrap error emerges again
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2006 17:35:42 +0200

> Cc: address@hidden,  address@hidden
> From: Zhang Wei <address@hidden>
> Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2006 19:59:12 +0800
> Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:
> > Are you using MSYS?
> yes, i'm using MinGW + MSYS.

Then please show us the full transcript of a failed bootstrap.  I need
to see the exact error message, and any other messages leading to it,
so that I could understand the problem.  I don't have MSYS installed,
so I cannot reproduce this problem on my machines.

> If some GNU Emacs developers feel offended by the referencing
> of an old report

Not by referencing to an old report, by assuming we don't care for the
problem.  We do care, but we need help from the users who report them
to figure out the exact reasons and the best way of fixing them.

> I don't think it's anybody's fault if there's a subtle unsolved bug
> in a program, because different people has a diverse different
> system configuration.

This isn't about assigning blame.  This is about understanding the
reasons for the problem in the specific setup you have on your
system.  We cannot solve a problem if we don't understand it.

> May be I didn't describe the problem clearly. The problem is bootstrap
> stoped while compliling lisp/url/vc-dav.el, it complains that there's
> no DOC file in the etc/ directory, so I have to copy the `DOC' file
> from lib-src/ to etc/ manually and bootstrap again.

I understood your description.  Still, I'm asking for the full
transcript of the bootstrap, because there might be something else
going on that you didn't see.  On my machine (without MSYS) the
bootstrap always succeeds.  By comparing your transcript with mine, I
might be able to understand what went wrong on your system.

In case you don't know how to produce a transcript of the bootstrap,
here's the commands to type:

       cd nt
       configure 2>&1 | tee transcript.txt
       make bootstrap 2>&1 | tee -a transcript.txt

(You will need a port of the `tee' command.)  Then post here the file
transcript.txt created by these commands.

Thanks in advance.

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